Two Men Of Passion

King Solomon and the Apostle Paul.

 

The difference between them lay in the focus of their passion:

 

Solomon’s passion was directed away from God by his affection for unbelieving foreign women:

 

His wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God.” (1 Kings 11:4)

 

Paul’s passion, by contrast, was redirected from self-righteous legalism toward knowing Christ:

 

I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:7, 8)

 

Solomon expended his life on pleasure:

 

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.” (Ecclesiastes 2:10)

 

Paul, by comparison, invested his life in making Christ known:

 

We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy… ” (Colossians 1:28, 29)

 

HOW DID THESE TWO MEN OF PASSION END UP?

 

Solomon became bitter and disappointed in his old age:

 

I hated life[and] I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun… ” (Ecclesiastes 2:17a, 18a)

 

Paul, however completed his life with a profound sense of accomplishment and anticipation:

 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day… ” (2 Timothy 4:8)

 

TWO QUESTIONS:

 

(1) Where is the focus of your passion? On yourself, or on the Glory of God?

 

(2) How will you end up? Like Solomon, or like Paul?

 

 

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