We started discussing the 5 passion principles, in part 1, that can help us evaluate our Heart and how it points us towards our calling. The three principles covered so far are:
- Principle #1 – Know What Drives You
- Principle #2 – Know Who You Care About
- Principle #3 – Know the Needs You Will Meet
And we continue with:
Principle #4 – Know the cause you will help conquer: I believe God has a cause He has personally chosen for each of us to take on and even though we may have different interests or cause we are drawn to over the course of our lives, the longer we stick with God, the more He will direct each of us and stir our hearts towards this specifically chosen cause.
Maybe you have a heart for the homeless, perhaps you’re drawn to finding cures for diseases, it could even be related to mental and/or physical health or you’ve seen a real need to tackle sexuality/gender issues. Whatever the cause is, do not take it for granted that you are inclined that way persistently and increasingly.
The following are some of the causes that many others have committed to championing for God’s glory (list taken from Erik Rees’ book
Abortion Ethics Abuse/violence Financial stewardship Alcoholism Health and/or fitness At-risk children HIV/AIDS Christ-centered parenting Homelessness Compulsive behavior issues Law and/or justice system Deafness Marriage/family issues Disabilities and/or support Policy and/or politics Divorce Poverty/hunger Drug abuse/recovery Sanctity of life Educational issues Sexuality and/or gender issues Environment Spiritual apathy
You may ask yourself:
- What cause or issue makes my heart race?: I haven’t quite figured what category the cause that makes my heart race sits under but I do know it largely has to do with people and quality of life. If I ever “box” it, I’ll let you know…
- Where could I make the greatest impact for God?: As long as I’m out talking to people about what matters in life and how they can get in on it too in order to have the best life in Christ and with others, I know I’ll make the greatest impact for God this way.
- If time wasn’t an issue, to what cause would I donate myself? Just one? That’s tough but if time was no issue it would definitely be Personal and Spiritual development, something along those lines.
One thing on this topic of causes, they are great to champion but there would be no need to champion causes if there was no sin in the world so let us pray that people turn from sinful ways as we donate ourselves to our cause(s) of interest.
Principle #5 – Know your ultimate dream for God’s kingdom: John Eldridge in his Wild at Heart — Field Manual says, “Our goal here is to recover that adventure God wrote on your heart when he made you. Your deepest desires reveal your deepest calling, the adventure God has for you. You must decide whether or not you’ll exchange a life of control born out of fear for a life of risk born out of faith.”
He also says, “So, if you had permission to do what you really want to do, what would you do? Just start making a list of all the things you deeply desire to do with your life, great and small. And remember — ‘Don’t ask yourself, How?’ How? is never the right question; how? is a faithless question. How? is God’s department. He is asking you what? What is written on your heart? What makes you come alive? If you could do what you’ve always wanted to do, what would it be?”
Dont let your dreams get buried in an unfulfilling job, overwhelming finances or never-ending to-do lists. God longs to use what He has placed in us for His glory but you can’t walk on water if you NEVER step out of the boat. Of course, you want to always check with the Holy Spirit that your desires match up with God’s will for you because believe it or not, sometimes our desires for personal comfort/success/glory displaces passion for God’s glory.
So ask yourself:
- What pursuit would release the passion in my life for God?: Pursuing my purpose NOT success releases the passion in my life for God. Success I can actually get on my own if I work super hard and play all the games well but Purpose is not a destination I’ll hit on my own if God doesn’t hold my hand – that kind of adventure is what I lean towards.
- What God-centered dreams can I identify that have been buried by life?: I REALLY wanna be a Life Coach focusing on helping individuals improve their own personal performance in different areas of their life from area to relationships to family to finances etc. It took me 4 years of slugging it out as a trainee auditor/chartered accountant to realise that was NOT me – a useful skill and qualification nonetheless in my toolbox but certainly not my final destination.
- What would I attempt to do for God with the rest of my life?: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognise and honour and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (Matthew chapter 5 verse 16 AMPC)
That rounds up the 5 passion principles that we can use to evaluate our Heart.
In summary, evaluating your heart involves understanding your interests, passions, desires etc. and how they play a part in your calling to serve humanity. Rick Warren expresses this wonderfully in his book, Purpose Driven Life:
…God has given each of us a unique emotional “heartbeat” that races when we think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest us. We instinctively care about some things and not about others. These reveal the nature of your heart … [and] are clues to where you should be serving.
In the final part for this week, we will take a biblical look at 5 things that could keep you from following your heart and 5 ways to follow your heart.
Really hope this is blessing you guys and giving you ways to think through all this for yourself.
God’s Heart beats for you,