There are two main passions that drive me as a minister of God’s Word and leader among His church.
The first is the Passion to Know God. Our Lord told us that the greatest commandment was to love Him with all we are and all we have (Matthew 22:37). There is no greater life than the one lived for Christ and within His perfect will. I want Him to have my very best. I want Him to be pleased with my choices, my decisions, my life. When I draw close to the Lord, I truly begin to experience the abundant life.
Because of this belief, I want God’s people to understand this passion as well. In order for God’s church to make a difference in its community, it MUST draw near to the Savior. If we don’t first love God and seek His will, then we will never be able to give Him our best nor receive His best. It is my heart’s desire to consistently and deliberately teach and preach the importance of a daily, meaningful, intimate walk with the Lord.
My second greatest passion is the Passion for the Lost. Our Lord gave His life, not so the church could be comfortable in its buildings, but so the lost sinner could be forgiven, redeemed, and made alive in Him. Jesus told us that our responsibility is to make disciples-the first step being to “GO” reach the lost (Matthew 28:18-20). Anyone who has received Christ’s salvation and is seeking His best every day will have a natural desire to reach out to the hurting and broken people in our communities (Matthew 4:19).
Because of this second passion, I constantly challenge myself and God’s people to be soul winners. It is our greatest task as devoted followers of Christ. We will never be fulfilled or truly fruitful until we become serious about seeing lost people (dead in their trespasses and sin) become saved people (new creations who have been made alive in Christ). It is my heart’s desire to constantly and intentionally teach and preach how necessary and vital it is for God’s people to share God’s love with a lost world.
These two passions drive my vision for God’s church. God may change my position, He may change my location, but I don’t believe He will ever change my passion. No matter where He leads me, these two passions will always be the foundation from which a new and fresh vision may be birthed.