A Passion for Purpose By Melinda Brown

I once heard it said that if you want to find out what you are truly passionate about, ask yourself what frustrates you, what excites you, what do you catch yourself saying, "what this world needs is (fill in the blank)" about? It's not rocket science, God has placed within each and every person a purpose in this life. The KEY is to find out what that purpose is and then to tap into it!

Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope."

If it sounds too simple, that's because it really is. It is not a complicated thing but our tendency is to over-complicate what God intends to REALLY be very simple. The enemy of our souls wants nothing more than to prevent God's plan from being carried out to completion. That alone should be enough fuel to propel us forward. We must fight the good fight and not only run our race, but run it well and finish strong!

Notice, I said it is simple but I did NOT say it will be easy. It takes grit. It takes persistence. It takes determination. You have it in you but YOU have to believe it and go after it.

We are not alone. There is a reason that the Gospel is called "the good news". He now lives inside of us giving us all that we need to carry out His plans for our lives. God has given us a Helper (His Holy Spirit) to lead and guide us all the way along in this journey. His word tells us that it is God who works in us giving us the DESIRE and the POWER to fulfill His good purpose. (Philippians 2:13) THAT is GREAT news! What stands in the way for the majority of us is one ugly four letter word, F E A R. Well, let me help someone out right now. If you are reading this and fear is standing in the way, I come against that spirit right now, in Jesus' Name! Let's go back to God's word which says that He has not given us, as believers, a spirit of fear. He has given us a spirit of love, of peace and of a sound mind. Isn't it time to live lives that reflect that truth? There's a fire burning inside of you right now... what is it that fans that flame?

It was in November of 2017 that Kingdom Connect started. It began with a conversation in a car about our passion for God's people and God's Church to come together in unity to see His Kingdom purpose fulfilled here on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) That conversation included words like "what we need is..." and "what frustrates me is..." and "what excites me is...". Then we started brainstorming what we would call this, what could describe our vision and that's where Kingdom Connect was birthed. Inside a little car in New London on Thanksgiving Day on our way to go serve at Calvary Chapel's Thanksgiving Outreach at Miracle Temple. That day, you saw a bunch of churches coming together to be one Church and feed those who might not otherwise have a hot meal that day. Personal agendas aside, the church was being the Church. That kind of coming together excites us and it's that passion that has become the reason we get up every day and do what we do. Using the gifts that God has given us to help others use their gifts for one purpose and that is His kingdom purpose.

After all, "He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love". Ephesians 4:16 NLT

So what are you waiting for?

Share your vision with us and let's see what God does with it!

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