To continue on your path toward understanding your Spiritual DNA, finish the course by discovering your passions and writing your story.
Part Four: Passions
Now that you’ve taken all these tests, assessments, surveys, and inventories, you can begin to focus on what makes you tick. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper for this next section, and some internal self-examination.
When I use the word passion, I’m talking about two types: Spiritual fervor and personal passions. Things in your life that drive you and make your heart beat fast.
Another phrase for Spiritual fervor is divine passion. Here’s what Romans 12:11 says: “Keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (NIV). Fervor is your zeal, your excitement, places where you feel enthusiasm when serving God. Begin your list writing down those areas of ministry where you have felt a passion in serving, or where you’d like to serve. What is making your heart race, or pump harder when you think of serving God in those areas? Write it down! Nothing is off-limits.
My spiritual passions are teaching the Bible – doing it in a practical way for personal application – helping Christians turn back to God, praying, spiritual formation, evangelizing, and singing. When I even think about my religious passions, my heart starts pumping harder. I can feel my blood pumping like lava from an active volcano about to erupt. That’s what I’m talking about here.
The second type of drive is your personal passion. It does not mean lustful or sinful desire, but, again, those areas in your life where your heart gets excited. It may sound funny to you, but my passions range from doing office work, or paperwork, to taking care of the checkbook, as well as cooking a large meal to feed my family.
What makes you tick outside of the spiritual zeal? Write it down! Nothing is too silly, or too simple.
Part Five: Your Story
Finally, the last part of discovering your life mission by using your spiritual DNA is your story. Your testimony is God’s story. God wrote it. He redeemed it. He wants to use it. You won’t necessarily share it in an open forum, but writing down how your life changed by the power of the Holy Spirit helps you to see God’s hand in your life.
If you’ve never written your entire testimony, it may seem like an arduous process. But, following the simple outline in “How to Write My Testimony” gives you an opportunity to be thankful for how far God has carried you through life. You should write down how you were a sinner, lost without hope, and then tell how God found you, picked you up, and called you His child. It’s your story. It’s His story. Use it for His glory.
Putting Your DNA Altogether
The process of discovering your life mission by using your spiritual DNA may seem overwhelming. Along the journey, God speaks to reveal the unique person He created you from the beginning of time. God already has the answers to these fundamental questions wrapped up in all the data from your spiritual DNA:
- How will you serve? Understanding the combination of your strengths and personality reveals the way God will undertake His work through you.
- Why should you serve? Discovering your spiritual gifts deepens your understanding of why God has endowed you with specific supernatural abilities with which to build the Kingdom in others. Your spiritual gifts explain the “why” you are serving others.
- Where will you serve? Your passions put into context where you can minister most powerfully. Those places where you feel passionately should be your focal point.
- Who will you serve? Highs and lows in your testimony point to people you will serve. Combined with your passions you may easily see a particular group where God will use your story.
So, what is your life mission? Have you followed this process to discover it using your spiritual DNA? Identifying your spiritual DNA assists you in determining God’s call on your life, but it may not point directly to the exact work. I’ve known for several years my calling as an evangelist, but it wasn’t until recently that God revealed, through prayer and Bible study, the places He would set me for Kingdom work.
Your final step is to continue in prayer, faithfully waiting on His timing to give you the rest of His story in your life.