Don’t Lose Your Passion
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
God designed us with emotions. These emotions were meant for good, even anger and sadness such as a righteous anger and being sad over someones illness or death. Emotions can protect us from harm or bring joy to our spirit. We can become excited with our work, family, and friendships. We are passionate people.
There are times, however, when we may lose that passion and sometimes it can even happen to a Christian when they are serving the Lord. No matter what the area may be, it’s easy to lose our passion for the things we love. We can go through difficulties and trials that may wear us down to the point the passion is just beat right out of us. It could come from a difficult marriage, a stressful job, or an illness. It can generate from poisonous people, a sinful lifestyle or a controlling person or situation. When we go through turbulent times or are around poisonous people long enough, we can begin to become like our situation if we don’t stay close to the Lord.
There are many reasons we may lose our passion for things we once loved, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. The passion for what we once loved can return but it will take making an effort for it to come back even when it seems impossible. We have to remember we serve a God of the possible and not the impossible as we see in Matthew 19:26:
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The passionate person you once were before your difficult storm is still there, it just has to be drawn back out and to do this you have to remove your focus from the surface and shift it back to God. When we put our focus on the surface, that is where we will see the storm’s intensity and become fearful and weary. The surface is also the place where the enemy works. He knows we are a visual and emotional people. If he can keep our focus on the surface of our problems or the difficult area we are working in then he can knock us out of the race and win the battle. But when we get below the surface and dwell within the Lord, this is where we will find our safety and be able to get through the storm, continuing on in our work.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)
Many have lost their zeal, their passion in the work God has called them to do because the battle was and still is intense. But now it’s time to go before the Lord and seek refuge as He is our fortress, our strong tower. He will give you the strength you need to get back in the game.
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
The purpose God has for you is still your purpose. It hasn’t changed. He’s just waiting for you to realize it’s still there and wants you to come back to it. You may be afraid to speak or afraid to move into it again, but you must remember God did not give you a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He will not have you do it and not support you. YOU are in your way and YOU must move aside and allow the Holy Spirit to work through you. Remember…it’s for the kingdom and it’s for eternity.
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)