We all strive for success, don’t we? A lot of people think we need to have a lot of things like titles, a car, a house that’s full of appliances or simply, a lot of money to do whatever we feel like.
It seems like a lot of people end up pursuing what many call the rat race, even if they never meant to… or didn’t want to. As part of the definition linked in the previous sentence, they write “The rat race typically means no work-life balance, no independence, high stress, long commutes, and general dissatisfaction with life.”
So, if that’s what it means and brings along, why do people still participate in this race? Why do they strive on getting that “small prize”? What’s even scarier is that, as I mentioned before, most people don’t even notice they are running that race and as the sports columnist Bill Cunningham said back in the 50’s:
“You can win the rat race, but you’re still a rat”
It might sound a bit rough but, is that what you want for your life?
Are you a part of that race?
Do you think, even for a second, when you are going through your Facebook or Instagram feeds, that God put you where you are to simply run after worldly “success”?
Maybe you… a believer… look at your friend’s photos on a beautiful beach in Thailand and think “I wish I could do that” or you wonder how s/he managed to have that dream vacation.
Like Stacie Orrico sings “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life“; in this song, she describes how she has everything but she feels “emptier inside”. I bet she’s not the only one who has ever felt that. And sadly, that’s the reason for many suicides, depression, and people who simply run after an empty purpose all their life.
Just as the artist says… there’s gotta be more… and the AWESOME news is, THERE IS!
Well, what is “it”?… Simply put, “it” is the Trinity. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Remember how Jesus (the Son) promised the Holy Spirit? If you don’t, here it is, John 14: 15 – 31. Verses 15 to 17 say:
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”
WOW!!! What a powerful truth! The Holy Spirit lives with us and is in us.
On the other hand, isn’t it sad what Jesus says in verse 17: “…the world cannot receive him because it isn’t looking for him.” Well, sad for those who still live according to the world.
The Holy Spirit is completely opposite to the world and its meaningless pursuits. That’s why people feel empty even if they “have it all”.
That’s why as believers, we must make radical decisions to separate ourselves from the system of this world. Because the Holy Spirit cannot reveal and express himself in a person who loves the spirit of the world.
I’ll “say” it again. The Holy Spirit lives in us so we must let him guide us. Every day. All the time. Remember that our treasures are where our heart is (Matthew 6:21). So, where is your heart?
As everybody knows, we don’t take anything with us when we die. We leave everything here and we will be remembered by the ones who love us and are part of our lives. Guess what, if we don’t accumulate stuff or have a billionaire’s life, it’ll still be the same. But if we live for God and His purposes, He will give us treasures that will last for eternity.
If we take care of His business, He will take care of ours!
It’s really that simple.
WORSHIP; BLESS; GLORIFY. Remember that when we do everything as if we did it for God, we are doing all those things. And while doing so, He is taking care of our “business”.
Our treasures are NOT in the world.
Let’s look at an amazing Biblical example: Joseph (Genesis 37).
Joseph was different from his half brothers and his father (Jacob) loved him more. Joseph would tell his father about the wrongdoings of his brothers. Therefore, his brothers were jealous of him. And after Joseph told his family about his dreams, the dreams that God had given him, they planned to kill him.
Thanks to Judah, Joseph wasn’t killed but he was sold as a slave and later on, he was sent to prison because he refused to sleep with Potiphar’s wife.
So up to this point, anyone would say “what a horrible life!” or “what a loser! He trusted God and he ended up in prison”… Or something like that. But we know that’s not the end of the story and that God actually uses Joseph’s situation at the prison to prepare him for success.
While the world might say: “what a loser”, the Holy Spirit transforms Joseph’s path and lets him know that the prison is where he’ll get ready to be as successful as God promised him through dreams. In that sense, we see how God pours His grace on the ones who honor Him and love Him.
Besides being faithful and honoring God all the time, even through hardships, Joseph was patient. He trusted God above all and he knew that God would deliver as He had promised many years ago.
That’s how Joseph also helped others to be successful. All those years he served others faithfully. They noticed that God was with him and they wanted to keep Joseph close because they identified the blessings in his life; the presence of God in his life.
Even the Pharaoh knew that Joseph was “filled with the spirit of God”. That led Joseph to be the right hand of the Pharaoh and to see the promises given by God when he was a young man, become a reality. (Genesis 41: 16-41)
In conclusion, success comes when we follow the Holy’s Spirit. When we patiently let him guide us and when we take care of God’s matters because we know that He will take care of ours.
God wants us to be merciful and He wants that his dream becomes our dream, to bring more and more people to His feet and to lead them to salvation (Jesus Christ), so His glory is shown and seen all over the world.
I hope this post has helped you to identify what God thinks success is.
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.