Friday, January 3, 2014

A Better Kind of Success

"Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine." Proverbs 8:14

Sometimes man's success is not God's success. 

Be careful not to confuse the two. God's success is found in Christ, His Son. From Him, comes success that is fruitful, life-giving. Life changing.  This is an everlasting success. The rewards that come with this success are greater than any earthly reward. 

I will never forget G coming home from his first state championship and sharing with me the moment he had with The Lord on the field that night. He said, as I was standing there God said, this is it G this is everything you have wanted and worked for, how does it feel? 

And do you know what my husbands response was? Empty. 

After finally being successful in his career, God revealed to him success that fulfills and satisfies is not found in a Championship, but rather found in Christ Jesus and ministering to the lives of those God has placed before him. It's being a living, breathing example of Christ, and instilling Christ's love and word into others. Now that type of success lasts, and multiplies. And it is now the very type of success G desires and seeks to accomplish, and also instill in our boys. It was truly a life changing moment for my husband. 

The best kind of success we can have is Spiritual success-growth, maturity and wisdom.

You can't achieve those from the world. 

When the Lord returns what will remain of your success? Will it be fruitful and pleasing or worldly and perishing? 

"Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath." Deuteronomy 8:18