He had been fishing for a few years but never really had the patience to stand there for very long, which doesn’t make for much success as a fisherman. Of course, being just now 9 years old, patience is not part of his vocabulary. However, that all changed the other day when Michael reeled in the biggest bass anyone had hooked that weekend. Now that he knew the thrill of the conquest, the pride in taking on the challenge and reaping the reward. From that point on he wanted to fish, and he was willing to stay out there and wait. His passion had been ignited.
When Jesus called those four fishermen and asked them to follow him, he promised he would make them fishers of people (Matthew 4:19). They knew little about such things and didn’t seem to have the patience (one time John wants to “call down fire from heaven” because a village of Samaritans did not welcome them – it’s like fishing with dynamite – Jesus said, “No, we don’t do that”). However, there was a day, after Jesus had returned to heaven, that the Holy Spirit came upon the followers of Jesus and they began to proclaim the good news to the people around them. We’re told that 3,000 people became followers of Jesus that day. Those fishermen had become fishers of men, and their passion was ignited.
God has a place and a purpose for you in His plan to redeem the world. It may be as a preacher, or as a leader of a small group, or as a member of a church leadership team. God may have a plan for you to walk beside families and help them see God’s love and grace in their lives – and that may be done as a school teacher, or as an Emergency Medical Technician. or as a small business owner. You may not think you have what it takes to be what God is calling you to be in this world, but given the chance, God will do all He can to ignite your passion. And when God ignites our passion, our response is simply to let our passion serve His purpose.
I can promise you this – just like Michael learned – once you get a taste of what God can do in you and through you there will be nothing else you’ll want to do.
In your prayer today are you willing to ask God to reveal Himself to you? Will you let God ignite your passion? Will you let God direct you in ways you can use your passion to serve His purpose?
Holy high five to you, Mike