Directing Your Passions – Part 2
An elective ‘Rule of Life’ helps guards the lives and guides the habits of those who are called to create. Today we cover Decision-Making, Power, and Community.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
~ Philippians 2:1-11
How many times have you been told to “Follow your passion,” or “Just listen to your heart”? Well, the truth is, this can be absolutely terrible advice! The Bible tells us that our unconverted passions lead only to darkness. Therefore, Jesus asks that we turn our passionate hearts over to Him. His plan is not to eliminate our desires but to transform them! As Jesus changes us at our core, we are able to release our passions through our work, our creativity, and our love.