This is part 4 out of 4 from a sermon Justin recently gave. It’s his hope that through posting it to our blog you might be challenged and encouraged in your daily walk with the Lord to follow your God given passions!
Next time your God given passion leads you into a trial, or it proposes a sacrifice, remember these three verses.
Sacrifice helps keep us grounded in God for support while we pursue our God given passions.
The first is in James 1:2-4
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Let your sacrifice keep you grounded in God for support while you pursue your God given passions. If you’ve been called to a passion that is obviously too big for you, making sacrifices and trusting in your passion provider will remind you He’s in control… and on the opposite side of that, if you’re at the top of your game, staying faithful and making sacrifices forces you to trust God instead of leaning on your own talent.
Sacrifice is a means of thankfulness to our passion giver.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
When we profess our thankfulness to our God we make God great, but just as the old adage goes, actions can speak louder than words. So, give thanks! After all, your God given passion is a gift. Giving sacrificial thanks through selfless acts allows us to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world.
Sacrifice, and therefore suffering, produces hope and endurance.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Through sacrifice we can rejoice, because we know it produces hope and endurance. Anyone that is willing to put in the hours, get through the learning curve, and take on a new skill will be more hopeful and patient as they progress through their passion. The same is true of our faith, and pursuit of our God given passions. If you want to see God work through you and your passions, then start now and lean into God! You won’t accomplish anything if you do not start.
You are never too old or young to do this. The passion to tell stories has been part of me for ten years now, but only in the last two years have I learned to discern God’s calling for this gift that he’s given me.