It has been said that some people are born with greatness; some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. Our world basically measures success in four ways: beauty, brawn, brains, and bucks. Though these things are fine and good, they do not really measure success. The world is filled with good-looking, strong, talented, and wealthy people who, by God’s standards, are failures. None of these things does God use as a measurement of success. Jesus said in Luke 16, “God knoweth your hearts, for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Your real success is measured by three things according to the God’s Word, and all three begin with commitment.
First, you must be committed to the right person, and that person is Jesus. This commitment may cost you some tears and trials, but the blessings you will receive will far outweigh any trials.
Second, you must be committed to the right purpose. The purpose – building His church. Not the building, but His people. Your investment in people and leading them toward Jesus will give rewards for all eternity.
Third and last but definitely not least, you must be committed to the right principle. This principle is that it is better to give than to receive. We’ve heard it said a thousand times and probably have said it just as many. But do will really believe it and live it? Maybe we believe it when it’s easy or when we know we will receive an immediate or public reward. But, what about when it’s not easy? What about when no one else will know we’ve given? What about giving your time and doing that task that no one else wants to do when it has no personal glory to it? What about giving that tithe or offering when you know things are tight, and “no one sees that anyway”? A lot of people say that they will serve God when they can afford the time and they will give to God when they have the money. Please let me remind you that you will never have enough time or money without commitment to serve God today.
Let me challenge us, as Christians, to commit to Him our all according to HIS standards and be successful in His eyes. God bless you.