Have You Lost Your Passion?
Being in ministry can be brutal. It’s a marathon and not a sprint. It’s been said that being a pastor is death by a thousand cuts. Most pastors jump into ministry idealistically wanting to change the world. Then life happens. By life I mean church boards, people leaving the church, hurt people, criticism, Luke warm Christians, church politics etc.
It’s possible to do a lot of good pastoral things and still lose your passion. The church in Ephesus is an example of this. You may be very familiar with the Scripture, but don’t skip over it too quickly.
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.” Revelation 2:2-3.
All great things. They have done the hard work, persevered, and endured hardships. That sounds like most pastors I know. Verse 4 is where it gets interesting.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen!” Revelation 2:4-5a.
Their passion had faded. They were still going through motions. They were still faithful. But the fire that once burned bright has dwindled. In fact they are challenged to consider how far they’ve fallen.
Are you as excited to reach lost people as you once were?
Are you enjoying ministry like you once did?
Are you passionate for Jesus like you were when you first began?
If not, please know it’s natural. Life has a way of beating us up. The verse tells us what we should do.
“Repent and do the things you did at first.” Revelation 2:5b.
Ministry can be hard. You may not have the money you need, the building you want, the people that you desire, but you can still have passion. Passion is free. Passion is attractive. Give me a pastor with a passion and I’ll show you a pastor who will change the world.
Ministry can be hard and I want to encourage you. You are not alone. God’s not done with you. Return to your first love. Hell is too hot and time is short. Jesus has strategically placed you in an area to change the world. It won’t be easy, but don’t let the monotony of endurance to steal your passion.