I love to worship; it is my passion. I know I was born to worship my Creator. Worship makes my existence complete.
One day, I got a wakeup call. I came across a simple yet unnerving question, “What propels your passion?” I began to ask myself, “Why am I passionate about what I do?” “What makes me do it?”
To some, this might be an easy mathematical question any second grader could answer. But deep inside of me, I believed that God just wanted me to look inside my heart and be profound with my response. And just like when David was wandering in the desert, I knew that this scripture mirrors my passion:
3 Because Your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise You.
Psalm 63:3-5 (NIV)
So what propels my passion? It is but love.
Realizing this, I began to be more passionate with my worship. Whenever I remember what the Lord has done in my life and how He has changed me, I can’t help but shed tears realizing of how much He has been loving me; and no amount of my love could outwit His undying and eternal love for me. He is the sole Reason why I do what I do every single day. He motivates me. He makes me feel unashamed. He makes me climb mountains beyond mountains and dream beyond dreams.
In the complexities and busyness of the ministry, we just usually do what we need to do. We live in the days with checklists, with boxes in them marked done or pending. We live a kind of life that speaks of a full calendar even before its year begins. Sometimes, we just forget that it is the love for Jesus that compels us to do whatever we do. Whenever burdens and busyness try to drown us, we just need to sit back, relax and remember the very first time we fell in love with Jesus… That whenever the hurdles are but tiresome to handle, it is never wrong to cry, kneel and rise above the situation. We have to always put on the tablets of our hearts that His love is so empowering to the extent of humbling us; His love fights every storm; His love taught us to love Him and be passionate in loving Him.
Lastly, let us be reminded to worship Him as if we have never worshipped Him before. Love Him because our life depends on it. Glorify Him as if it’s our last. Having taken this by heart, we have to realize one thing: what we are doing is no longer a ministry. It is far beyond that. It is but love.
“We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4: 19 (NIV)
Always in Love,
April Ikalina Gambalan