… since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
I reinterpret that phrase as “Don’t waste your life.” Don’t waste your salvation on a life of quarter-faith (whatever that means). Wary of believing that a lesser career means I’m wasting my potential— I can’t help but feel the conviction in John Stott’s words:
Ambitions for God, if they are to be worthy, can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambitions for God. …
May every one of us, in the transitions of our lives, seek the kind of holy fire that gives both the light of discernment and the heat of ambition. All of it for the glory of God. This is my deep longing as I face whatever future God gives.
Not b/c I have large shoes to fill but because a larger God than all else is guiding my feet forward & beckoning my life toward His purposes. Lord may I resemble Samuel and reject the Eli within me.