Heart Motivation: Our Passion

In our journey through the Navigators Neighbors Guiding and Defining Ideas, it’s time to take a look at our Preferred Culture. What ethos do we need to have to accomplish our Neighbors Calling, Central Ministry Focus, and Guiding Principles? Preferred Culture provides the answer. 

Ours must be a Kingdom-like culture. For such a culture to emerge, we need to develop Heart Motivations that result in a certain kind of passion, rhythm, Kingdom lifestyle, and aspiration. We’ll take a look at all four, starting here with Heart Motivation #1: Our Passion.

Simply put, our passion is loving the triune God. The first and greatest commandment is to love God with our whole being—heart, soul, mind, and strength. In the unique language of Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, we’re to love God with all our passion, prayer, intelligence, and muscle.

Our God is a triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Some have jokingly accused us of worshiping the Father, Son, and Holy Bible. As important as the Scriptures are, this is not our trinity. We are to love each person of the trinity equally, and we are to love God in His entirety.

When we have a distorted view of God, it diminishes our love for and worship of Him. The church I affiliate with defines worship as “a 24/7 lifestyle of devotion and dedication to God as evidenced by acts of obedience and submission,” to which I add, and punctuated by times of celebration. The apostle Paul referred to this kind of worship as offering our bodies as “living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). Knowing and loving the triune God produces that kind of worship!

I understand that the word for worship also holds the meaning "worthiness or worth-ship"—giving worth to something. How, then, is your worth-ship of the triune God? What kind of worship does your love for Him prompt?