Directing Your Passions

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An elective ‘Rule of Life’ helps guards the lives and guides the habits of those who are called to create. Today we cover Time, Money, and Imagination.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

~ Galatians 5:13-26

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.

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Pete serves the mission of ACTS primarily through vision-casting, communication, fund development, and leadership development. Prior to leading the Community of ACTS, Pete served churches in Ellisville, MO, and Phoenix, AZ. Pete gravitates toward the ‘A’ (Adventure) in the ACTS acronym. He loves to travel, backpack, mountain bike, and ski the trees.

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