Pursuing Success is Our Nature

1 Chronicles 22.12-13 promises, that’s what will make you successful, following the directions and doing the things that GOD commanded Moses for Israel. Courage! Take charge! Don’t be timid; don’t hold back.

Everyone wants success, or at least the results of success. Fame and fortune, that’s the goal of all humanity. Success is defined by the applause of men and the material possessions we have accumulated. The greater the audience, the more likes, the greater the person. The more stuff, the more adventures, the greater the person.

The success of this world must be earned daily and lasts only a day. It doesn’t breed happiness or contentment but constantly pushes us to more and more only to kill us in the end. The pursuit of fame and fortune is a dead end road that leads to personal destruction.

The desire for success is inherent within us because we are made in the image of God and since He is far and away the greatest person of all we too aspire to do great things and be great. This is good when the goal is God and His glory on earth. When success is defined as doing what pleases God and increasing His honor upon the earth we are living as we were created to live.

Spending our lives in the pursuit of obedience to God and helping others to do the same is a life fulfilled. This is the life we were made for and it gives us peace, joy and overwhelming sense of accomplishment. It is an eternal success for it is rewarded by God forever as we live with God forever. It is an eternal success because the recipients of our work are also eternal, fellow brothers and sisters, brought to the kingdom of God by our efforts who now likewise walk with God forever.

The pursuit of success is natural and good. The definition of success will either lead us to life or death depending upon whose definition we choose to pursue – man’s or God’s.

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