22. PASTORAL PASSION

"The experiences of the apostle Paul and his instruction regarding the sacredness of the minister's work are a source of help and inspiration to those engaged in the gospel ministry. Paul's heart burned with a love for sinners, and he put all his energies into the work of soul winning. There never lived a more self-denying, persevering worker. The blessings he received he prized as so many advantages to be used in blessing others. He lost no opportunity of speaking of the Saviour or of helping those in trouble. From place to place he went, preaching the gospel of Christ and establishing churches. Wherever he could find a hearing, he sought to counteract wrong, and to turn the feet of men and women into the path of righteousness."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Passion--to be seized by enthusiasm or compelling emotion; gripping interest; profound involvement.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

In Philippians 1 Paul demonstrates a profound passion for ministry leadership. Whether in bonds or free, his passion was born of knowing Christ, loving the church and her people, and being inspired by the Word. His passion served him well. When pressed on every side he was able to call on his resources.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I choose to deepen my passion for ministry by studying and serving more deeply, by uncluttering my life, and by concentrating on glories to come.
  • Within the next month I will attempt something bold and exciting for Christ. I choose not to be satisfied with the light moving of the Spirit, I want the deep movements.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, some days my passion for the Word is strong, some days, in light of problems and challenges, it is all I can do is to just hold on. It is at those trying times that I will remember and call on the passion I have stored up to do the work of ministry. I am determined to think more and talk more faith. May the zeal of the Lord burn within me and cause me to do exploits for Him."