Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Are You a Success?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

How would you describe a successful life?

Many evaluate success on the basis of wealth, accomplishment, fame, or influence.

It’s easy to fall into that way of thinking isn’t it?

The Christian church isn’t immune from such a worldly view of success, after all who receives more notice, the wealthy members who give huge donations or the poor widow who prays faithfully day in and day out?

If we had to choose, whom would we rather be like?

What is more important to us - worldly goals or godly character?

I know in my own life, that while I desire to please God, in practice, I all too often hope to impress other people along the way.

Can you relate to that?

Well as Christians, it’s important to remember that although we frequently strive for worldly goals, whether it be popularity, influence, achievement, or wealth, these external indicators, or lack of them, have little or nothing to do with success in the Lord's eyes.

Unlike worldly success, where the top spots are limited, God's kingdom has room for everyone to be their best.

A film star is no more important than a godly mother. A company director is no more valuable than a sales assistant. The pastor of a mega church is no more successful than a devoted church member. If all of them faithfully follow God's plan for their lives, He is equally pleased with each one.

Success in God's eyes is about submission, not achievement.

As Jesus said,

“The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”. (Matthew 23:11-12)

This ought to be tremendously encouraging and liberating to us as it means that we don't have to worry about how to make an impact on the world, or rise to the top of our profession. Nor do we have to evaluate how we’re measuring up to an impossible standard.

Whether you are a top business executive, or a road sweeper, what a relief to know that God doesn't compare you to your neighbour!

As Colossians 3:23-24 says,

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”.

No matter what your job is, expect God, not people, to reward your persistence and integrity.

Our job is to ask Jesus for direction day by day, moment by moment, and then walk with Him. If we follow Jesus, not perfectly, but faithfully, then we are pleasing to Him.

You are significant in God’s eyes, even if the world considers you unimportant, and while you may never make the history books, you will go down in God's record as successful.

Have a successful week,

Pastor Barry

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