One of the benefits of stewardship is that 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 proposes 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. Stewardship reminds us that everything is secondary to God…including the practice of medicine.
As Christian physicians, medicine is our secondary calling…not our primary calling. Unfortunately, it is easy to reverse our callings so that our primary calling becomes 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 suggests that we write out a personal purpose statement that details how we believe God wants us to live out our calling to know and love Him.
Your personal purpose statement will give you clarity regarding your various secondary roles and help to be a good steward.
Prayer: Lord, show me how You want me to know and love You.