Today's Daily Devotional for Women - Work Hard for Your Passion
In today’s daily devotional we’re going to discuss how to breathe life into your passion and purpose for Christ. So people tell us to have passion about something, all we have to do is “think it will happen,” right? But here’s the problem with that. While we do need to believe in our vision – which is what I taught you how to do yesterday – you also have to BREATHE LIFE into it by applying your belief through hard work.
Once you’ve found your passion and purpose for Christ, you must breathe life into it. If you aren’t working towards it every day, it will wither away and die. Just like your body needs food every day to stay nourished, God’s purpose for your life needs to be nourished every day in order to grow strong and have a chance to succeed. You do that by:
Step 1. Write down your passion and purpose. Keep it in your line of sight so you are thinking about it each day. Habakkuk 2:2 says to “write the vision down and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it!” Write it down clearly and visually so that anybody can take a look at it and see the picture God wants you to paint.
Step 2. Create a prayer asking God to bless it, grow it and nurture it. Pray that prayer every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep. The formula that we use is the Lords Prayer in Matthew 6:9–13. It reads "Pray then like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Step 3. Spend 5 minutes each morning and evening stepping into your vision by reading your passion and purpose statement out loud and imagining it. Proverbs 4:25 – 26 says “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Keep your mind focused on your passion and your purpose so you unlock your vision and breathe life into the dream God gave you.
Step 4. Invest the time to cultivate your passion and talents and become the best at it you can be. Put in the work to become an expert. One researcher says it takes 10,000 hours of doing something before you really master it. Work on it for at least 5 minutes each day this week, then 10 minutes next week, then 20 minutes the next, and keep working at it until you master it.
Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Romans 12:11 – 12 says “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.”
Proverbs 14:23 – 24 says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.”
We can’t just talk about it, we can’t just envision it, we can’t just believe in it – although all these things are important. We also have to work hard at it. That’s how God is going to bless us with an opportunity to reach success.
Step 5 - Don't ever let it go. Temporary defeats are just that - temporary. It's not supposed to be easy. Success is hard for everyone. But when you are faithful with what God has for you now, He will elevate you into what He has in store for your future. Work in your purpose with the resources you have now. Start being faithful in the small things - and He will bless you with the big things. God will use your passion to make all things possible.
Luke 16:10 says “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and the one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
Do great things for God with what you have now. Understand, sister of Christ. The next opportunity will not open up until you honor God with the opportunities He’s put into your life right now. The next resources will not come your way until you honor God with the resources you have now.
Start with what you already have. Your purpose for God all starts with the natural gifts and abilities God has put inside of you! If you’re keeping them hidden from the world, how can He use them to show others His love? How can He give you even MORE when you aren’t even being faithful with what you have?
Because trust me – He wants to bless you!
And I want you to remind you how SPECIAL you are in God’s eyes with this affirmation:
I will work through the pain. I understand that my destiny, my legacy, my victory is my birth right. And nobody can take it away from me except me. Romans 8 says nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. God wants me to succeed.
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