God Doesn’t Care About Your Achievements, He Just Wants Your HEART
Jun 15, 2017 by Will Maule
When it comes to our achievements, we can often feel as if they harbor some sort of weight in the Kingdom of God. Well, they really don’t. Education, career, success, these can all be good things. But they are not the point. Jesus is the point. He must be the ultimate desire of our hearts. Kathryn Butler, a medical doctor, talks candidly about this struggle in a new article at Desiring God.
It was in her academic training that she realized there was so much contradiction between the idealistic “calling” of such a lofty career, and the egotistical reality of medical competition. “All disciplines can corrupt the God-honoring aspirations of students through systems that reward ambition over charity, and egocentricity over humility,” she writes.
“Even when they labor in service to Christ, students strive within an imperfect framework that prizes narcissism. Our culture’s preoccupation with success traces its origins to the fall, when Adam esteemed his own paltry capabilities above God’s mercy. Our challenge is to honor the Lord in this desolate landscape.”
So, who should we truly strive for? Jesus Christ! “Danger arises when our efforts veer away from the Lord. As we immerse ourselves in academic pursuits, we must always keep at the forefront of our minds not only what we study, but for whom,” Butler urges. “Paul says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23–24).”
Remember, God just wants our yielded hearts. Always keep this as your number one priorirty in your worldly pursuits – that Jesus Christ is Lord over your life. “Contrary to popular thinking, academic achievement does not determine worth. Our value derives from our origin as image bearers of God and from our identity in Christ. However vital our choices seem, and however fervently our ambitions burn, God decides our vocation,” writes Butler.
“We submit our fears of percentiles and grading curves to the one who made heaven and earth — the one who knew us from the womb, who gave his Son so that we might live.”