It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is just “material prosperity” or “popular successes.”
The abundant life (successful, full life), has nothing to do with just striving for material abundance, and then disregarding and neglecting the more important matters, like justice, mercy and faithfulness…faithfulness to God and His life design.
However, faithfulness to God does not guarantee one’s problem-free material prosperity or popular success, either in a career or even in ministry. For Example, Paul (the Apostle) was faithful, yet he ended up in prison. John the Baptist was faithful, but he was beheaded.
Millions of faithful people have been martyred, have lost everything, or have come to the end of life with nothing to show for it, but it does not mean they were not successful!
A faithful person, is trustworthy and reliable, but some people make faithfulness, a hallmark of their human relationships, but the faithfulness that matters most is the faithfulness we show towards God. Material prosperity and popular successes are just temporary crowns! They may indeed improve your appearance, but they are just temporary!
👉🏾 NEVER focus on temporary crowns!
Mother Teresa is credited with the quote…”Our highest call is to be faithful…not successful.”
True success follows faithfulness! This thought that faithfulness hovers somewhere far above material prosperity, or popular success, (in God’s eyes), may seen to many, a foreign concept to many but nevertheless…is truth.
Are you deeply saddened by what has unfolded in your own life? Just remember, God…even more than you, wants you to thrive! But consider with me for a moment, these questions:
- Did you pray when called to pray?
- Did you believe when called to believe?
- Did you love when called to love?
- Did you speak when called to speak?
- Did you confront and correct when called to confront and correct?
- Did you forgive when called to forgive?
- Did you stand firm, when called to stand firm?
- Did you let go, when called to let go?
If you can answer yes to these, then you have been faithful, and that is enough! Just as enough as it was for Peter, for Paul, for Jesus, when breakthroughs proved ever-elusive for them. Your acts of faithfulness, is considered success, regardless of the scorecards that we all so thoughtlessly dream up and ruthlessly impose upon one another.
“For we fix our affections, (attention and attachments), not on things that can be seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, (temporary and time sensitive), but what cannot be seen lasts forever” 2 Corinthians 4:18