Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Humility of True Success

Within every human being resides the desire to be all that he or she can be. It could not be otherwise for God designed man this way, honored with His image and likeness. However, because of sin, man is blinded to that which he must truly pursue in order for him to be all that he can be. A counterfeit standard is then offered by the world by which he can measure his progress towards full potentiality. Even supposed Christians are hoodwinked into believing the world's criteria for success.

The world's definition of success may be summarized as follows: YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU HAVE THE POWER TO ACQUIRE EVERYTHING THAT YOU WANT AND MAY EVER WANT. There is nothing essentially wrong with this. Desire is key to the achievement of man's destiny. What is tragically amiss in the world's view of the successful life is that it leaves out the ground by which this kind of life is truly attained, namely God, and in place of Him enthrones money, influence, sensuality and physical beauty as the foundations of success. No wonder then that the new generation has adopted a pessimistic/nihilistic view of society and life. The world's "success" is chiefly unattainable by the majority of human beings and is actually not meant to be pursued.

What then is TRUE SUCCESS? It is the carrying of the easy yoke:

Mt 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mt 11:30
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

It starts with LEARNING about God--beginning in THEOLOGY, then carried out in a LIFE OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD, culminating in GLORY:

Ec 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Let us not taint the presentation of the Gospel with even the slightest offering of the world's "success", but boldly proclaim the PURE and LIBERATING truth that A SUCCESSFUL LIFE IS A LIFE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, LIVED OUT IN DEVOTION TO HIM.


  1. Another verse appropriate to the post is this one...

    Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    (Because it delights Him to give Himself to His beloved ones)



  2. Thank you for dropping by and your wonderful insight, sir.


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