Today’s Scripture: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Philippians¬†3:8-10

There’s sports fans, and then there’s extreme sports fans-you know, the ones that get out of control, such as the guy in New Orleans who interrupted quarterback Drew Brees at a restaurant to show him a tattoo of the team’s logo inside his lip. I think that’s a little extreme.

But it does make us think about how far we will go for the causes or the people we love, doesn’t it? Everyone has a passion, don’t they? A pursuit they will do anything to fulfill.

The Apostle Paul said that his passion was Christ and Christ alone. And you could say he went pretty far in his devotion. He endured beatings and stonings. He languished in prison for many years. And he eventually was martyred for his faith. Why would Paul do this?

In the book of Hebrews, we see what motivated the faithful to service: “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

These people had a passion for God and an outlook locked on Heaven. They wanted to make their lives count beyond the borderlands of this earth so they might shine into eternity.

It begs the question of all of us: What are we willing to do for Christ?

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder