By Ron Cook

Ron and his wife Rodetta have been married for 41 years. They have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. Ron ministers to hundreds of pastors annually through mentorship, counseling, and by phone. He has been a Pastor for 40 years and understands the stress of ministry, and wants to share his longevity in ministry with other pastors and help them finish well.

    I Can’t Not do This

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Read the title again, is there anything in your life that you absolutely “can’t not do?”  These are words of passion. They speak of purpose. They portray a spirit of desperation.  We’ve heard the word desperation a lot lately as it relates to our economy, changes in lifestyle, the uncertainty of the future political scene, desperation used in the negative context.  But what about being desperate in a positive way? When was the last time you were desperate for God?  Psalm 42:1-2 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” These are words of someone longing for God.  “I can’t not do this,” desperation for God, an absolute unsatisfiable thirst for the God of heaven.  When we find ourselves this desperate, God always answers, typically it is in that “gentle whisper” that He used to get the Prophet Elijah’s attention.  However He chooses to speak, we recognize Him

    Passion and purpose are never far behind a desperate desire for God.  They seem to burst out of a heart desperate for God.  The seeds of passion and purpose have always been there, they simply needed to be watered by desperation for God.

    Suddenly the purpose of your existence is clear, and the passion to fulfill that purpose is like a raging fire and you “can’t not do this.” There will always be those who say it is not logical or reasonable and there is no security in this.  Your only answer is “but it is right.”  Dr. David Jeremiah says, “In forty years of ministry, I have observed that passion and security are not frequently found together.  Passionate, visionary people spend their lives walking away from the easy route.”

    Is there anything in your life that you “can’t not do?”  If there is, then pursue it as if it were the purpose for which you were created, pursue it with passion.  If there is nothing you “can’t not do,” then you just aren’t living and you need to seek God in desperation

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