This morning’s sermon is entitled, “Live Your Passion.” Passion is really another way of saying ministry. I believe that everyone is called to ministry. My calling is to a formal kind of ministry working in the church, but a call to ministry can take many different forms. Some people are called to a ministry focused on children—working in children’s church, counseling troubled children, or even adopting foster children. Others are called to a ministry of service—cleaning our building each week, serving food the homeless, building Habitat for Humanity homes, or simply mowing an elderly neighbor’s lawn. Finding your ministry matters because it helps you fulfill your purpose in life and participate in the kind of work that Jesus modeled in his lifetime.
It can sometimes be hard to discover your ministry if you don’t know what your passion is, or if you don’t know what God might be calling you to become passionate about. Sometimes we have a lot of interests, and it can be hard to find the one thing that really drives us, other times we find ourselves just feeling blasé about all the opportunities we see. Regardless of where you are right now, the questions below are designed to help you do some self-evaluation that will help you discover what passion (or what ministry) God might be calling you to in this season of your life.
Spend some time with a journal, writing honestly about the following questions:
- What are you afraid of?
- What is weighing on you?
- What are you excited about?
- What needs to change?
- What’s going well?
- Do you feel like you are going too fast or too slow in life?
- What do you need or desire that you don’t have now?
- What do you think is the most important thing God wants you to do in the next three months?
(Questions adapted from Quench! Refreshing Devotionals by Gay, Trans, and Affirming Christians)
Again, finding a ministry and a passion (or discovering a new one) can be a very rewarding experience. I encourage you to take some time to do this journaling. After that, come chat with me about what you discover, and we can find ways I can support your new or renewed calling!