Defining True Success
There are world standards that cause people to be pressured and even embark in worthless pursuits. In fact, keeping up with society’s expectations have become like a day-by-day task for most people.
We face it the moment we open our eyes in the morning until we slumber at night. It’s an unending cycle of doing things that others would approve. Focusing on what could make others’ perception of us better.
We become more conscious of whether to do or not to do certain things in the hopes of being accepted by other people. Failure to keep up with those expectations, more often than not, lead to anxiety, stress and even fear of rejection.
For Jesus’ followers, however, true success does not come from pleasing others. Rather, it is about doing things that we know our Master would be proud of.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant[a] of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10
It’s a matter of having faith that despite us not conforming to do what will please men, the Lord is there by our side to uphold us with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
So, when the world system is trying to redefine what’s right and wrong for you, and you find yourself struggling, hold onto Him. He will never fail those who call upon His name. At the end of the day, it’s still his promise and His plans that shall prevail over any failure or any disappointment.
You may not be able to please others in every effort that you exert. And you may be regarded as lunatic for the things you think, say and do. You may seem lacking in people’s sight despite always trying to give your best. But you don’t have to be worried!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled… And blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” – Matthew 5:6, 10-11
Jesus loves you and that’s a total gamechanger. Knowing that the God of all creations is there for you, you will have peace of mind. You don’t have to prove yourself to the world. Even Jesus himself said that in your lowest and weakest points, you are blessed.
Thus, to achieve true success, learn to change your perspective and decide to surrender and commit your work to the Lord.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23
Instead of conforming to the world’s standards, let others see the fruit of the Spirit in you (Galatians 5:22-23), that they may come to know Jesus Christ through your life.
For our goal as Christians is to serve for the advancement of God’s kingdom. Our life’s purpose is not just about earthly desires, but things that are above and eternal (Colossians 3:23). That on the day we are to give an account to God for how we lived our lives. We may hear Jesus say, “Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master.”
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