For a long time, I taught about passion because it was such a novel theme for believers.
There are many believers that have fragmented focus. There are areas in our lives that is hard to get together in a statement that says, “This is what I am all about!” It is beneficial to have that clarity. I have noticed that there is a narcissism that has a lot of Christian dialogue. I am noticing it a lot with people that are the most hungry for spiritual life, as they are trying to pursue their passion.
I started to think about that and I realized that for me to be able to do what I do right now, I had a passion to teach. I had a passion to study and read as you can tell from my library. I was thinking about this because people started talking about how they were pursuing their passion and in reality the Lord kept me from doing that for a long time. When I say the Lord, I mean that. I was involved with Pastoring in a staff. I didn’t really want to be on that staff, I didn’t want to be on the job that I had.
But this is the beauty in the sense of real prophecy. The prophetic word that I was responding to said to me, “This is your house, this is your people.” I received that word in a church in Rhode Island. I lived in Philadelphia at the time. I felt that the Lord was calling me to go to Rhode Island. It took me a little while to get there but I went. I went on to be with the staff and I thought that it would be for just a little while. But the Lord would not let me out of that assignment. I had no confirmation of leaving and I ended up Pastoring that church for a while.
Even then, I was not in my passion but I was doing what I was called to do. Eventually, I ended up doing what I love to do. I just want to say this one thing about pursuing your passion……..