‘…I have…determined to do His will…’ Isaiah 50:7 NLT
Isaiah said, ‘I have set my face like a stone, determined to do His will.’ You’ll never have real success with anything until you become passionate about it. The Psalmist wrote, ‘My heart is steadfast…’ (Psalm 57:7 NKJV) The word ‘steadfast’ means to have a commitment that’s as strong as rock. Henry Ford was passionate about automobiles. Thomas Edison was passionate about light. The Wright Brothers were passionate about flying. Paul was passionate about evangelism. You will only be remembered in life for what you were passionate about. The ultimate example is Jesus. Standing before Pilate, who tried to judge Him, Jesus said, ‘…For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world…’ (John 18:37 NIV) Twenty centimetre thorns would crush His brow. A spear would puncture His side. Spikes would be driven into His hands. Thirty-nine stripes would tear His back to shreds. What He felt most passionate about could only be achieved through pain.
You may feel insignificant. You may have to start out small. But when what you love begins to consume your mind, your thoughts, your conversation and your schedule-then you are headed for success. Do you dread going to work? Do you watch the clock? Does your mind wander to other places and things you would rather be doing? Then you won’t succeed. Find something you feel passionate about, something that energises you, something worthy of building your life around. Jesus did and He won the world.
SoulFood: Judges 19:16-21:25, Mark 15:1-20, Ps 132:1-10, Pr 13:4-6
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012