When I was in college, I had a conversation with my dad about figuring out what I should do with my life. I told him that I was willing to anything - even if I didn't like it - if that is what God wanted me to do. His response caught me off guard a bit. He told me that God works through our passions.
As we look at finding a Meaningful Role again this weekend, I want to reiterate an idea that was shared by the leads this weekend. Don't get caught up in knowing all the answers before you serve.
As I've pursued the passions that God has given me in my life, I've found that some of them have lead to ministry opportunities, and others have lasted for a short while before I lost my passion for them. If you asked me to identify which would lead to ministry, and which would fizzle out, I probably would have been wrong on every guess. But, by leaning into the things that God had given me a passion for, I have had the opportunity to meet a need in the body of Christ.
To some, that may feel like a very abstract way to pursue what God has for us, but consider again the passage we looked at this weekend.
"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, (12) to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (13) until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
- Ephesians 4:11-13
One of the things that can be helpful for us to understand the impact of what scripture teaches, is to write scripture in our own words. I'll give it a shot for the verses above:
Christ himself has given believers the gifts required to equip his people for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.
Can you believe that? That is amazing!
How would you write these passages? And more importantly, how are you leaning in to the passions God has given you? The church is so much more effective when we are all doing our part!