If you ask anyone to define success you’re definitely going to get all sorts of answers. Success is relative for all of us. Success is mostly tied up with ones goal or dream in life. As a child we all have had dreams of becoming someone someday. Like they say it is free to dream.
Every goal varies, every dream is different. For one person who has been trying to lose excessive amount of weight in a certain period of time and once achieved is considered a success. You could also be eyeing a great promotion in the company. You must have worked so hard to earn this promotion and ones you obtain such it is indeed a success met. There are so much more success stories of various people from all over.
Sometimes people view or respect you more when you are successful in their eyes. Be it a billionaire, an excellent lawyer or fantastic doctor, we are all the same in the eyes of God. Success is marvelous and very satisfying especially when you worked so hard for it. The credits you receive are gratifying. However let that not be a measure of what we really are.
God accepts the sinners that we are and we are all special in His eyes. It is guaranteed that God will provide us with success for He hears our dreams and recognizes our efforts. Let not the success that the world brings get to our ego. It is human nature when a fatter wallet also means a fatter ego.
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed”.
Money is meant to supply us for our basic needs namely food, clothing and shelter. The love of money could mean danger. It is quiet easy to fall into that trap when you are on top of the world and highly successful. You become the very important person that everyone wants to be acquainted with. When all is going great, God seems to be put aside for the material possessions seem more appealing than Him. It is difficult to maintain a focus when you are in this situation.
Matthew 19:23-24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
I mean when you’re on top of the world who needs God, right? Wrong! This smells danger for your bank account could be having a high yield interest while your spiritual account has filed for bankruptcy.
What if you woke up one day and all the possessions you owned were gone in an instant? How would you feel? Where will you run? Your so called friends have given a deaf ear. All of a sudden you are not the very important person they want to hang out with.
Proverbs 19:4 “Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him”.
God doesn’t want us to be attached to what the world brings for this is trash compared to all the riches up in heaven. Believe me, I may be content with having a roof over my head, food to eat and clothing to wear but at times I do fall into the materialism the world brings. It is not worth it though and the interest you have to pay in your spiritual account will be double then what you earned in your financial bank account.
I admire the people that have given up their high paying jobs to serve the Lord. This is not a lucrative career and will not make you earn millions but the spiritual depth you shall gain is very much rewarding. It is having that servant attitude and strong faith that God will provide all our needs.
When we die our bodies are going to rot and we shall never be able to take the material possessions to where we are going. What is the use on being so attached to them when all they bring are temporary joy? I’ll rather focus on the real joy and that it is unity and eternity with our Father in heaven.
God will bless us in all aspects and when it comes to a monetary need, He would love to see us not squander money. Money should be used wisely and if there is extra, it should not be hoarded but shared with others.
I do know that this world will bring a lot of suffering so it is important to detach ourselves from what the world brings. Of course it doesn’t mean that we should take our life for granted. God gave us this life and each of us has a mission here on earth.
Aside from glorifying God it is also reaching out through others. We all have our own calling or ministry, for me it is through writing that I could reach out to others. God uses our skills to bless and reach out to one another in love and unity.
Let us all pray for God to humble ourselves as we serve and glorify Him. He should be exalted, while we should be humbled. No amount of success we have is worthy of God and yet He still chose to love all of us. That is how amazing God is! Amen!