7 ways to find your spiritual passion

By Dave Boehi   |  20 June 2014
7 ways to find your spiritual passion (photo)
Photo by Alexandre Normand/Flickr.

We’re entering the season of the World Cup, the favorite time of year for soccer fans. It’s a passion as consuming as college football, or pro football, basketball, major league baseball, golf...choose your sport.

And if you’re not passionate about watching athletes chase balls around a field or court, chances are you're passionate about other things. What am I passionate about? Well, here’s part of my list:

You could probably create a similar list of passions – the interests that capture your attention and the activities that fill your free time. The things you like to talk about.

What really matters?

As I look at my list, though, I’m struck by the fact that these are all temporal pleasures. As much as I love playing golf on a sunny vacation day in Oregon while talking about college football and preparing to attend a track meet later in the day, I also know that there are more important things to focus on.

So here’s another list of my passions:

My first list of passions consists of my interests. This second list is all about the things of God – and these are the passions I want to define my life.

What are you passionate about?

So what captures your allegiance and inspires your passion? Have you discovered God’s calling for your life?

You probably could develop an initial list just as I did of your interests and hobbies and greatest joys. The things you love doing.

But beyond that, what are the most important things in your life? If you stripped away all the items on your initial list, what would remain? What are your passions that really matter?

Many of you could answer these questions, but some of you may have thought little about your passions. Here are a few questions to spark some fresh thinking.

  1. Read Matthew 22:35-40. Are you satisfied with your passion for God and your relationship with Him? What needs to change so that He becomes your focus in life? And who are the “neighbors” in your life that you should love as yourself?
     
  2. How do you want people to remember you?
     
  3. What would others say you are most passionate about?
     
  4. What convictions has God given you?
     
  5. How has God gifted you?
     
  6. What do you want to accomplish as a spouse? As a parent?
     
  7. How have you seen God use you to influence others?


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