By: William Henry
What is success? How do you measure it?
For many of us, we measure success by comparing ourselves to others in all aspects of life. This can be in regards to financial success, success in authority or power, success in social status, or for many of us success in living a Christian life. For many of us, comparing ourselves to others is how we measure how “sinful” we are. Some even look to others to measure the amount of salvation they have received.
We also look at others success or struggles to measure how close they are to God. Some might think if someone is prosperous, they are really doing something right. God is blessing them, why is God not blessing me? Maybe I need to do more? Maybe God doesn’t love me as much as He loves them?
Some might think the complete opposite. “ Wow, look at that house! If they really loved God, they wouldn’t live in a house like that. They could live in a much more modest house and give that money to charity.”
They might look at someone who received a promotion at work and wonder why God is blessing them but no me. Or, they might look at them and through jealous, covetous hearts say they must have slept with so and so or sold their soul to get there.
These are all the lies of the enemy. The truth is, God loves us all. He has a plan and a purpose for all things. God desires us to prosper but he also desires us to be loving and give with cheerful hearts. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we need to believe victory.
4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:4-5 ESV
I also like how the NLT puts it-
4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
Galatians 6:4-5 NLT
Stop looking at others and what they are doing. Do not measure your success by looking at them. Do not focus on things of the world, but focus on heavenly things. Success comes from following God’s plan and will for your life. Success comes when you reach Heaven and you are able to present yourself to God with a whole heart. It’s not what you have, status, money, things, but what you do with your life. Every breath belongs to God, it is a gift from him. We are to use our blessings to glorify the Father and live for Him. It is my desire for you and for myself to hear the joy in His heart when I stand with Him in heaven.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:23
Be faithful with your life. Be a good steward of all God gives you, no matter how much or how little. Be thankful and grateful. With thanksgiving and a grateful heart comes true joy. If you have a joy filled life, you are successful!