23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Jesus' parable of Lazarus and the rich man realigned my perspectives in life. It reminded me that even if others count me a success, it doesn’t mean I’ve earned heavenly rewards. In the story, our Lord describes a wealthy man who "dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day" (Luke 16:19). A beggar named Lazarus lay at the rich man's gate. The poor man looked like a failure––sick, neglected, and unable to provide for his most basic needs.
Jesus' audience believed that sickness was a direct result of sin (John 9:2). Imagine their reaction at the end of the story, when Lazarus was comforted in heaven while the prosperous man lived in torment. Surprisingly, the destitute man was the one portrayed as rich in God’s eyes.
A top-selling author is no more important than a godly mother. A CEO is no more valuable than a customer service associate. The pastor of the largest church is no more successful than a devoted intercessor. If all of them faithfully follow God's plan for their lives, He is equally pleased with each one.
Success in God's eyes is about submission, not achievement (Matt. 23:12). You may be an award-winning business executive, a sought-after speaker, or a professional athlete. Or, like me, you may simply be filling a role that is needed but not glamorous. What a relief to know that God doesn't compare us to our neighbor! The Father judges our service, not by the external results of obedience to Him, but by faithfulness in heeding His call, moment by moment.
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