Are You Successful ? How God Measures Success
How God Measures Success
What is success ? Most people define success in terms of achieving goals, acquiring wealth, and having prestige. Or by their status, or how much power and influence they have. “Successful” people enjoy the “good life”. Being financially secure, emotionally secure, being surrounded by admirers, and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Their example is emulated and their accomplishments are noticed. Most people’s definitions of success only deal with the “here and now” of this life. Even in many churches today the definition of success is in terms of numbers, size, dollars and prestige. But success is measured and defined differently by God.
God’s measure of success involves our obedience and faithfulness to Him, regardless of opposition and personal cost. His measure of success is whether or not we are being loyal to Him in our personal relationship with Him and in our life, and whether we are accomplishing His goals & purposes for our life.
How God Measures Success – Some examples in the Bible
Jeremiah was an absolute failure when judged by the world’s definition of success. For 40 years he served as God’s spokesman. But when he spoke no one listened and responded. He was rejected by his neighbors, his family, the priests and prophets, friends, his audiences, and the kings.
Jeremiah was poor and underwent severe deprivation to deliver God’s messages. He was thrown into prison and into a cistern. But in God’s eyes he was a success. He faithfully and courageously proclaimed God’s word and His messages. And he was obedient to his calling.
In Part 2 we will continue to look at how God measures success. And we will see another Biblical example of a person who was a complete failure when measured by the world’s measurement of success. But in God’s eyes he was very successful.
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