Merging Your Passions With God’s Purposes

Yesterday was the second week of the series “Life On Loan” at CrossWay.  The subject was “Merging Your Passions With God’s Purposes.”

The “Big Idea” for the week is that God gives us what we need to partner with Him.  Like a good fastball hit right on the sweet spot of the bat, God throws His purposes at our passions.  When they intersect, the resulting explosion is the life we’re called to.  God has given us everything we need to do the good works He designed us to do.  Specifically, here are four things He’s given us:

(1) God gives us leaders to equip us for good works.  Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us: “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”

(2) God gives us the Bible to prepare us for good works.  We read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

(3) God gives us spiritual gifts to enable us to do good works.  1 Peter 4:10 says: “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.  Use them well to serve one another.”

(4) God gives us other Christians to motivate us toward good works.  We’re challenged in Hebrews 10:24: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”

The authors of the book that this series is based on, Rick Rusaw and Eric Swanson, ask: “Have you discovered the place where your passion intersects with God’s purpose and you feel fully alive?  A life on loan is filled with purpose and passion” (Living A Life On Loan, page 54).

Well?  Have you?

Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 5:37 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. love the baseball “picture” and connection.God throwing his purpose at our passion.explosion!…cool analogy

  2. Thanks. I have to admit it was fun having an excuse to play with a bat and ball during the sermon!

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