Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Obligation vs. Passion - Part 1

Picture this: We go to Heaven, we meet Jesus, we're tossin' the football with him one afternoon and hearing all about his time on earth. Then, He drops this bomb: I didn't really want to come to earth, make disciples, start the church, die and be resurrected and forever change the course of history. I did it because I was supposed to.

Ok, maybe that's too far? But that would NOT be fun to hear. What if your wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend/dog told you (yeah, dogs can tell you things) that they didn't really LOVE spending time with you, they just did it because they were supposed to? I don't know about you, but that would pretty much mess up my whole world?

Sad truth is, a lot of people in church are doing things because they are supposed to, out of obligation, instead of doing the things that they are really passionate about. And, as a result, the church is not living up to its full potential.

So, what happens each Sunday or Wednesday is that someone shows up to serve in an area they are not passionate about. They count down the minutes until it's over and then leave, hoping that next week takes a long time to get here before they have to come back and do that thing again.

What if, when that person came to church, they were crazy passionate about what they were doing? They got there 30 minutes early to set up, they always ran out of time because they had so many things they wanted to do, they thought about that area of ministry throughout the week and prayed for the people involved.

How much could this change the church?

The big question - but if I don't do that "thing", no one else will do it!!! Who cares!!! Drop it!!! Go to your passion!!! Either that ministry is dead and dying anyways and needs to go the way of the dinosaur or someone who has been sensing a leading from the Lord will discover the need and step into their area of passion.

The truth is, most of the ministries and programs we have at church are not biblically required, so if we don't have a Friday afternoon Bible study on the book of Ezekiel, God will not punish us with a Mario-like assault of fireballs!

God HAS mandated that we make disciples, and the tool He has given us to do this is the church. We have been given a huge responsibility to be the church, and if we squander away our years in the church miserably following the routines or expectations of others instead of doing that which we are passionate about, we are wasting our lives and God's resources!!!

More tomorrow.......

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