One of the benefits of being a good steward is that it helps us keep our priorities in line with what God desires in our life. When we operate within the mindset that everything we have is from God and is to be used according to God’s will, our priorities fall into their proper place.
This includes our purpose for living.
In his book Conformed to His Image, Ken Boa reminds us that our purpose for living can be divided into a primary calling and a secondary calling.
Our primary calling is to know and love God.
Our secondary calling is everything else we do that arises out of our relationship to God.
The mindset of stewardship reminds us that everything is secondary to God.
This includes the practice of medicine.
As Christian physicians, medicine is our secondary calling…not our primary calling.
It is easy and common for us in the healthcare field to slowly drift into the mindset that our primary calling is medicine rather than knowing and loving God.
The truth is that our practice of medicine should grow out of our relationship to God, not the other way around.
We are called to be Christians who happen to be physicians, not physicians who happen to be Christians.
To help us maintain the correct primary calling, Boa makes the practical suggestion that we go through the exercise of writing out a personal purpose statement that incorporates our primary and secondary calling.
It is a personalized statement of how we feel God wants us to work out the calling to know and love Him.
This personalized purpose statement should include several secondary callings such as medicine, family and church as well as our different roles within each of those secondary callings.
For instance, in your secondary calling as a Christian physician, you may have the role of physician to your patients, colleague to your associates, teacher to your students, and possibly mentor to younger colleagues.
Your personal purpose statement gives clarity to your various roles.
The time and effort spent in this exercise will be well worth the benefit as you seek to be a good steward.
Prayer: Lord show me how to be a worthy steward with the abundance You have given me!