Navigating Change with Passion
God has vision for where He wants to take us. God knows where we are right now. God knows what it’s going to take to get us to where he wants us to be. This is true for us individually, and this is true for us collectively. It’s true for our families, our businesses, our communities, our governments, our local church, and the kingdom of God as a whole.
Not only is God interested in where we’re going, but He’s interested in how we will get there.
Looking at the life of Christ, we see that Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out spirits, performed miracles, preached the Gospel, taught the truth, and confronted religious pride. He also took the punishment for sin, was crucified, went to hell, and was resurrected from the dead. Jesus ascended and sits at the right hand of God, interceding for us. He didn’t leave us alone, but He send the Holy Spirit to help us. We know what He did through all these seasons of His ministry, with more to come, and we also know how He went through these seasons.
How did Jesus fulfill His ministry this far? The Bible says in several places that Jesus was moved by compassion. There are times when Jesus was moved to tears, weeping over the people He was called to serve. When Jesus went to the cross, He did it for the joy that was before Him, which was redeeming us back to God (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus had a passion present within Him, and a power present upon Him. The love of God and the power of God flowed together in Christ’s ministry, from one season to another.
The Bible says the love of Christ compels us (2 Corinthians 5:14). The Greek word for compel is sunecho, meaning, “to hold together or grip tightly.” The word is used in many ways, but in each occurrence, it describes a constraint, a tight grip that prevents an escape. The love of Christ leaves us no other choice than to live our lives for Him. The love of God is planted deep in our hearts, welling up with a balloon of compassion, leaving us no choice but to follow that love and do what God’s called us to do.
Passion should be part of the navigation for whatever God calls us to do or whatever place God calls us to go. God’s love has been placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). It’s more than a natural human love; it’s the love of God (Ephesians 3:17-19). Without love, whatever we do for God in any season of life or ministry will lose its meaning or value. When God moves us, He moves us with His love, His passion. Let passion be part of the navigation process, following God is following His heart.