As I traveled last week, I heard an interview on the radio. During the interview the interviewee expressed that she wanted to encourage people to follow their passion. Yet, in the same interview she admitted that some people have trouble finding their passion and for those that do, they rarely get the break they need to make a living in that particular venue. When it comes to a career there is an idea that permeates through our society that says to find your passion and then pursue it. I put before you that this is not necessarily a biblical view. Instead, we should work in the opportunities we are given with passion.
First, we do this because glorifying God is our primary passion and desire. Jesus told us that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30). Worldly passions change. Think back over your life and the significant ages: 5, 10, 16, 21, 30 . . . Did the things you were passionate about change? Probably. Our heart is fickle and the things we enjoy doing may change several times through life. Temporary things can only bring temporary satisfaction and fulfillment. When we focus our passion and desires on God, we find that he is satisfying because he is constant and eternal.
Second, Scripture tells us “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. . .” Behind this verse is an idea that God gives us a portion in life with which we should be satisfied. Therefore, if our passion is bringing glory to God, we should work at any opportunity we are given with passion. Why? It is a moment to bring him glory and in doing so we will find satisfaction and fulfillment.
I do not know who you are or your circumstances. You may be looking for a job or you may be dissatisfied with your current employment. You may be tired, frustrated, disgruntled, or all of the above. Are you working as though you are doing it for God? Do not seek a worldly passion, be passionate about where God is using you in the world. If you are looking for a job, find one and work at it passionately as though you are working for the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24).
My prayer is that we would a people passionate about serving the Lord where we are placed. As believers, he is our passion so no matter where he places us, we can find satisfaction and fulfillment.