Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:24 (NIV)
He was a decorated leader who seemed to always have the right answer at the right time. No one rivaled his knowledge, intensity, and passion for his career. After elevating himself to one of the most prestigious jobs in the medical community, he became ill.
A few days of bed rest turned into weeks, and the very disease he studied had now settled into his body, and he knew that there was little hope. Weeks turned into months and his decline began to rapidly increase. It seemed there was nothing he could do to stop the inevitable.
Years of dedication, mountains of knowledge, and passion for notoriety in the medical field didn’t matter anymore. He now struggled to breathe. In the last few days of his life, he accepted defeat. Recognizing that he was only human, he wept over throwing his passion into something unsustainable and not spending more time with people he loved. He always mocked God, but now he hung on the hope that God was real as a young pastor stood before him and began describing the pursuit that Christ had made for the man.
Each day, we must remember that our dreams, our pursuits, and our passions are part of the amazing gift of life. But never forget that our first love is Christ, and everything else hangs on that pursuit.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Determine how often you ask God for guidance in your career.
PRAY: God, I want to be a good steward with the life you’ve given me. Open my eyes to your passion, and quench my thirst for things of this world. Teach me how to inject your love into everything I do. Amen.