My Purpose and My Passion

Appalachian MountainsIt is so easy to get caught up in all that is happening around us at any given time.  It is also very easy to get up on my high horse, puff up, and act like I am the only one right in regard to my passions.  It is quite easy to lose sight of my purpose on earth and why God created me in the first place.  However, when I go back to God’s Word and listen to His voice, my purpose and passion begin agreeing with one another, as they should…as they must.

MY PURPOSE

Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.

I was simply created for His glory…the sovereign God of the universe created me to bring Him glory!

He did not create me to be an activist or crusader for my own cause or causes.  While these things are important to me, they do not reflect God’s purpose for me.  Solomon put it this way in Ecclesiastes 12:13 and 14:

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Solomon is pretty straightforward in what our purpose should be, don’t you think?  My purpose is, according to Isaiah and Solomon, to:

  1. Glorify God
  2. Fear God
  3. Keep God’s Commandments

So, in all I do, my actions, words, and deeds should align with these three directives IN.ALL.THINGS….even if the world doesn’t like what I am doing…even if they appear politically incorrect, even if they appear “unloving” by the world’s standards, and even if they offend.  Because, as Solomon states, God will bring every deed into judgment…every secret thing….whether good or evil.

That is very sobering to me!

I am all about God’s mercy and grace — so undeserved and unmerited —yet so often abused.  We have forgotten (or we simply choose to ignore) that God is also a righteous judge….that He has been holding back His wrath, and that He will, eventually, finally, and completely annihilate sin…forever.  So, this brings me to my passion.

My Passion

This is so straightforward and cut and dried that I cannot help but pay close attention to it.

My passions, quite simply, should always align with the Word of God…let me repeat that:

MY PASSIONS SHOULD ALWAYS ALIGN WITH GOD’S WORD

That means ALL that I do must agree with God’s nature, God’s plan, and God’s agenda.  Jesus gave us His last command in Mark 16:15 and 16:

Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Telling others about salvation…Jesus….that should be my passion…period.

I was not put here to be passionate about politics, gay rights, transgender restrooms, environmental issues, sports teams, and the like.  While these things touch my life and I interact with them personally or through family members or friends, they should not interfere with my purpose or passion, as given to me by God.

I must remember that Satan’s purpose and passion is to seek and destroy me!  As a Believer, if Satan can distract me from my purpose and passion, have me championing for sin and not obedience for Christ, he can grind me down to the point where I start losing my purpose and passion for God.  I must not get distracted —

My passion is to love God with all of my heart, mind, and soul — to obey Him, at any costs, and then to tell others of His great redemption and forgiveness of sins, so they too can receive eternal life.

I do not want to stand before God and He say:

Tameasa, you were more concerned that you would hurt their feelings than giving them the key to eternal life found only in ME.

So, often, people will find fault when you call out people’s sins — but if they would only remember that we are calling them out to save them from eternal damnation.

I pray that you realize your purpose and passion found only in the Person of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.

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