When all else fails, live your passion

2015-11-04 06:00
Photo: tania sandberg Africa Cares director, Daniele Gradwell and Pastor Louie Naidoo at the Africa Cares national conference.

Photo: tania sandberg Africa Cares director, Daniele Gradwell and Pastor Louie Naidoo at the Africa Cares national conference.

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SENIOR pastor of the Queensburgh Evangelical Bible Church and member of the board of Focus on the Family, Louie Naidoo addressed delegates at the Africa Cares national conference last week regarding a passion to serve.

“Passion is a deep desire to do something. The root of the word ‘passion’ in Greek bears reference to suffering. Think of the movie - The passion of Christ - to serve involves sacrifice,” said Naidoo.

Some of the obstacles delegates from Pregnancy Crises Centres across Africa experience include time, resources, family, education, skills, premises, staff, health and finances.

The three key obstacles that keep people from living with passion is personality, possessions and potential he said.

“Personality says God can’t use someone like me, I am difficult to live with,” he explained. He looked at the example of Moses in the Bible, when he was called to serve.

“Possessions, or a lack of resources, is another obstacle - ‘I don’t have’ or the flip side of the coin - ‘I have too much’.
“When the Lord calls on Moses in Exodus Chapter 4, his response is ‘I don’t have the resources’. God’s response is - ‘Look at what you do have. You have a shepherd’s staff. Throw it down and see what happens.’ God took something simple and made it powerful.

“We need to take what we have and see what God can do with it. We need to say, ‘God I come to you with nothing, just use me. God can use what we have, because he can change us,” said Naidoo.

“The last obstacle is potential - ‘I don’t have training or qualifications,’ we say. I came from an education background, I served with the KZN Department of Education, I value education, but sometimes we use it as a benchmark. Jesus said to the disciples, follow me and I will make you fishers of men. He trained them for three years. This is the only training they receive, then he sends them out to the world.

“Because of that band of faithful, dedicated followers, He changed the world. Don’t let a qualification hold you back, there are many people who are so gifted, yet they do not have a letter to their names. We need to ask an essential question, ‘What is my passion?’ The answer to the question is the key to your success, something that drives you.

Pastor Naidoo said God is looking for faithful, available, teachable people.
“You know who you are, why you are here and how to get it and nothing will move you. Do not deviated from faith, when everything else fails it will see you through.”

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