Driven by Eternity DAY 2
SUCCESS THAT LASTS
Teach us to make the most of our time … and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! (Psalm 90:12, 17 NLT)
John Bevere writes, “Most people want to succeed in life. This desire is almost certainly placed in each of us by God because He also wants us to succeed.” The problem we have with success is not success but what we think success is. God’s definition of success is bigger and better than man’s definition of success.
It’s easy to become intimidated by the idea of success because we measure success like most other people on this earth. In fact, for many of us, success is determined by measuring up to those around us. God doesn’t measure success by earthly standards but by eternal standards. There’s that word eternity again.
This world measures success in terms of beauty, bucks and buildings or property. Not so much with God. The Psalmist in Psalm 118 writes, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Psalm 118:26-27. Success is an eternal relationship with an eternal God for an eternal life. And that life begins the moment we call Him Lord.
Success is first and foremost a life blessed by God to bless God. That life spills over into this life and onto the lives of all those we share life within this lifetime. This desire to succeed is placed within our hearts by God, just like an eternity is built into our hearts. So, the issue becomes one of changing and guarding the heart so that we can live for eternity successfully.
Blessed to bless. What a great way to live life. However, it’s not to difficult to see how thoughts and feelings of fear, anger, lust, greed, jealousy, and unforgiveness begin to undermine God’s definition of success in our heart and head.
Can you see how we are created and called to live in success?