Success… How do you define it? Is it being financially comfortable? Is it have a certain type of career? Is it socializing with certain type of people? Perhaps it is having a house on the right side of town in the right type of neighborhood? Maybe it is holding a visible position in the church? Maybe it is defined by looking a certain way, having certain material goods, or driving a certain car? Maybe it is having certain habits or NOT having certain habits? What is the definition of success in your life? How do you measure success in others? How do you treat others based on your measure of their success? What do you think of yourself based on how you define your success?
I believe that true success is only measured at the end of our life. When we stand before God, will he say “well done, thy good and faithful servant” or “go away, you worker of iniquity.” It matters not what we drive, what style we wear, what our job choices are but rather whether we listened and obeyed the call of the Lord. Our success isn’t determined by whether we are called to be a conference preacher or a janitor but rather whether we do it with an attitude of a servant of the Lord. Success isn’t defined by whether society (or your church for that matter) defines you as a nobody but rather whether God finds your fruitful and productive in his kingdom. Success is based on our listening, our obedience and our surrender to the will of God regardless of our desires and feelings.
There are so many times that we feel so unsuccessful based on how society perceives us but when God looks at us and sees that we are willing to do whatever he asks, regardless of inconveniences, regardless of what others say about us, even regardless of how we feel or think… He finds us a success. My desire is to be considered a success in the eyes of my Lord Jesus, regardless….