Thursday, July 23, 2015

BEING SUCCESSFUL?

 Success 03We want to be successful in life, don’t we? In fact, as we get older, we want our children and our grandchildren to be successful. But, what is success?

  •  Some believe being successful is getting a degree from a prestigious university like Harvard, Princeton, or some other elite school.
  • Some believe being successful is getting a job where one is making a six figure income each month.
  • Some believe being successful is marrying a handsome man or beautiful woman.
  •  Some believe being successful is owning a very large, expensive house and having automobiles that have “prestige” written all over them.
  •  Some believe being successful is having a butler, cooks, nannies, and people who make the house and property look outstanding.
  •  Some believe being successful is having power or authority over others. They never have to ask, “Do you know WHO I AM?”

There is nothing wrong with a degree from a well known university. There is nothing wrong in earning a six figure income. There is no sin involved with one’s mate in life being good looking. There is no wrong in owning a large house, yard, or what car one drives. Nothing wrong with being able to afford to have a house and grounds staff to take care of things. There is nothing wrong with having authority.

However, when all is said and done, will any of those signs of success guarantee you will spend your eternity in God’s fellowship? If not, then what is real success?

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6)

Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’   And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’. . . .Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.” (Acts 8:30-35)

“‘Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.’   Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’   Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.’ . . . . Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. . . . And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:36-41, 47)