One of the great challenges of life is aligning our passion and our purpose. The Bible speaks volumes to God’s great effort to make our purpose to glorify God clear and attainable. There are even vivid examples of specificity for a personal purpose like Nehemiah and Ezra in rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem and the Temple and of God which inspire us to believe that living in God’s purpose makes our potential for being a difference maker enormously impactful.
Few would debate that among our specific personal purposes is the directive in Matthew 28:19-20, “to go into all the world make disciples of Jesus Christ in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” But, how do we live in an ignited passion that drives that purpose? We ask God to give us a heart and a passion for people. After all God created us all to be His and to live in His glory. Ignition occurs as we begin to see the people around us like God sees them, in need of hope and redemption. But the blaze comes only when we live in the command applied and live out the model of Jesus in investing in them in life on life discipleship that requires time, energy, and effort. But the payoff in seeing them grow and understand both God;s love for them and God’s call for their life is literally fuel for the fire. Many years ago Dawson Troutman the founder of the Navigators used one question among those he was discipling to set the bar of expectation, “Who is your man?” Translated, who is the person you are investing in for the purpose of making a disciple through life on life discipleship? Let me encourage you to focus your prayer time around asking God, who are you giving me to disciple and thus live out your big picture purpose as well as my personal purpose? You’ll be glad you did 🙂 If you need some help on the how to part then know that is why the church called Mount Pisgah exists. I’ll look to hear from you.
Bless you today, Steve