Steve Jobs once said, “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
Passion is the fuel that drives our lives. It gives us the momentum to move forward when everyone else accepts where they are. It’s a boost for the soul, when life becomes idle. Passion takes you places that information can’t. Passion can’t be taught, it’s only recognized from within and then owned.
Ministry takes passion. And not just a normal amount of passion (if there is such a thing) but it takes a lot of passion to fulfill the calling and mandate that God has put on your church. Passion will have you going out of your way to reach someone in need, it has you up at night wondering how to make your ministry better, it celebrates the victories, but then immediately looks at the next challenge.
If we plan to last in ministry, we need passion. You could say passion is prerequisite to preservation. You won’t make it to what’s next unless you have passion for the now. David said this about passion,
Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. – Psalm 69:9 (NLT)
So we can agree passion is incredibly important to pushing ahead in our lives. Here’s some signs that you may be losing passion. At some point, every single one of us has dealt with at least one of these. The good news is, we serve the most passionate human being that ever lived, Jesus. Passion for His Father fueled Him, even in the darkest of times. So as we look at these 10 signs, let us not lose sight of the one who can reignite our passion in a moment.
Prayer becomes more difficult than usual
Prayer is such a vital part of following Jesus and leading other people too Him. While there is a healthy difficulty to prayer, you can tell your losing passion when it becomes harder than normal to pray. Thankfully, the Bible shows us even when we don’t know what to pray, the Spirit of God prays for us (Romans 8:26).
You struggle to receive from weekly services
I can tell someone is losing passion when they sit through church service and aren’t moved like they once were. When worship begins, does your heart still beat with excitement and anticipation? Is your soul refreshed when you sit under teaching? Do you still marvel and celebrate, like really celebrate, when someone turns to Jesus?
Bible reading becomes a burden or unimportant
Plain and simple, the Bible is never meant to be a book of obligation. It’s not a box to check off your list, it’s an opportunity to meet with a living God who cares deeply for your soul. Tip: if Bible reading has got you bored, go back to particular passages that you know will turn your heart back towards the devotion you once had. And even then, if you struggle to read your Bible, it’s okay. Look for someone to help you see something that you might have missed.
You talk to the same people at church
There are plenty of new people coming to your church every week. The goal is not to just see and fellowship with the same people you always see, but to meet others. Especially if you’re leading in ministry, your next great volunteer could be sitting in your seats right now, but if you’re only talking to people you know, you’ll miss them.
Serving is only based on a schedule
We use a scheduling program here at our church for our volunteers. I’ve noticed people losing passion when they only have a heart to serve if they’re on the schedule. The truth is there is not clocking out with Jesus, there is no moment where we aren’t available to Him. Passion isn’t something we can turn on and off. It’s present every moment.
You expect to be noticed or seen
When Jesus called us to ministry it wasn’t so we could be seen. Sadly, the longer we’re involved, the easier it can be to desire recognition. Of course when other honor us it’s great, but we can’t forget who this is really about. He’s not here to make me look good, I’m here to make Him look good, and if someone doesn’t see me, that’s okay.
You stop changing and getting better
The aim of our life, not just our ministries, is to get better and keep changing. There is a danger to remaining the same, even after following Jesus for years, we should always be longing to become more and more like Him. Every single day.
8. You’re not connected
It’s our goal every week to get our people connected. To our growth track, to small groups, or to volunteering. If we have steps for our people to take, we have to make sure we ourself are taking those steps. Ask yourself, “Am I connected to a group of people I can journey with?” Or is it just the people I serve with every Sunday.
9. There’s a lack of transparency
I’ll never forget how real I was when I first got saved. I didn’t care who I talked to, I was spilling my stuff out all the time. I just wanted to get as much help as I could, and desired to know how to follow Jesus. Now that we’re Christian, are we still learning how to follow Jesus? Or do we think we’ve got it down.
10. You question your calling too much
Passion helps you embrace where you are, and also pushes you to where you need to be. Similar to the Apostle Paul’s writings Philippians 3 and 4, where he says he’s content, but still pushing ahead. The problem is when we lack passion, we question things that God has already spoken to us about. We’ll sit and question if we’re really doing what we should be doing. It’s okay to assess where you are, but if you spend too much time questioning what you’re doing, you’ll most likely never get anything done.
While these 10 signs can be hard to acknowledge, they’re not insurmountable. With the help of the Holy Spirit, these signs can be just reminders to get us back to our knees and back to the basics of following Jesus. We never want to stop growing, and we never want to stop becoming more and more like God’s design for our lives.
We love you, we’re praying for you, we believe in you. You can get your passion back, right here. Right now.