For security, “success,” social status, etc.? Or for such eternal values as:
A Passion for God
“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? O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you… ” (Psalm 42:1, 2; 63:1a)
A Passion for the Lost.
“My food,“ said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest‘? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.‘ Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest‘? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:34, 35)
A Passion to Mentor Others in Becoming Laborers and Leaders.
“We proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about Him, so that, if possible, we may bring every man up to his full maturity in Christ Jesus. This is what I am working at all the time, with all the strength that God gives me… Ask the Lord of the harvest… to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Colossians 1:28, 29 – Phillips; Matthew 9:38)
A Passion for the Nations of the World.
“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth… Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… ” (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19a)
One of these days a nurse will enter your intensive care unit, observe the flat signal on the electronic heart monitor, unplug the life-support system, and quietly walk out of the room.
At that moment, you will find yourself in eternity face-to-face with God. One question He plans to ask you is whether you shared the passions of His heart, or whether you followed your own. How you answer that question will determine the quality of your existence for all eternity.
QUESTION: Given the focus of your present passions, is that a pleasant thought?