It’s tempting, natural even, to measure your life by what you’ve accomplished. How many battles you’ve won. How much money you’ve made. The pleasure you’ve had. All the honors you’ve received.
But know that ultimately these things are meaningless. In the end, they are nothing.
What’s life about?
The Christian life isn’t about living “your best life now,” or building up material possessions to “show people what God did for you.”
However, God wants to bless us, and this type of success often comes with having a full and fruitful life.
I’m investing for retirement. I have money saved. I like to buy nice things, and I’m sure you do too.
The key point here is to not make this type of success your primary focus in life. I’ve read too many articles about how diligent and focused you have to be on your number one goal to be a success.
How will you measure life?
I’m sure if I developed a product and focused on nothing else for five or ten years, I could make millions. Anyone could.
And often as Christians who want to grow and become better versions of ourselves, we want to set goals and crush them. That’s great, we should, but we have to keep Jesus at the center, or it’s all going to be in vain.
Let’s look at some scriptures:
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”Proverbs 16:3
Psalms tells us that God will give us our heart’s desires if we delight in Him.
This is great news, because it means we don’t have to worry about all of these things. We only have to worry about focusing on God.
God will trust us with the amount of riches, prosperity and success that we can handle…
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”Luke 16:10-11
And all will work itself out for good when we trust in Him.
Is success the right measure?
Don’t worry about not being successful enough, or starting late in the game, or having a few less dollar signs than you would like on the end of your retirement account.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:4-7
Again, don’t worry or be anxious about these things. I say this, because I know I have a tendency to worry about such things…
“Am I going to get that job, promotion, raise, etc.?”
If you stay focused on God, His will is going to be done in your life.
“Will I be able to give my family the lifestyle I want for them?” They don’t want the lifestyle as much as they want you. Maybe you’re working too much?
It really comes down to seeking the Kingdom of God first:
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”Matthew 6:31-33
I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s simple. If we seek to please God, He will bless us in the ways He sees fit.
That’s what success is. That’s what we’re reaching for.
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