Most of us, when we were young at least, had a drive to be successful. We were fuelled with a burning passion to make a difference around us, and in our world. Yet as we got older, got married, started a family, that desire often diminished and was replaced with a “good enough” mentality. In other words, our main goal, for many of us, became a desire to provide for our families, and thoughts of success and significance were placed on the back burner. The question is, why did we stop striving for excellence?
You can say, “that’s life”, but is that the way God would have it? Scripture tells us a few things about success:
- Scripture describes abundance (Malachi 3:10, Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 48:17, Deuteronomy 8:18). Malachi describes an abundance when we give our tithes. Isaiah and Deuteronomy describe how God will prosper you, and how God has the power to give wealth. These scriptures tie into themselves as they describe putting God first, relying on Him, and Him prospering our ways. Even Matthew 6:33 gives us the key to success, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things will be added unto you.”
- It is God who brings us from glory to glory- He orders our steps.
The Word never said that we should just pray and believe to have our needs met. If that was all we did, how could our churches reach out and minister to others? Proverbs 28:27 tells us to give to the poor, and you will lack nothing. We can’t give to the poor if we don’t have an abundance in our lives. Also, how do we glorify God to others- including unbelievers- if we aren’t successful? Our success glorifies God, because in it, we know that we didn’t get there by ourselves- we had help. In our success, we become an example to the non-believer who will want what we have. It provides the perfect opportunity to testify of God’s goodness.
However, if we never move from stability to significance, we will never know what joy it is to bless others who may need encouragement. Just enough or poverty does not honour God in any way. After all, why would you want to become a Christian just to live a life of lack/poverty? Belief in God is to give you hope- not discouragement.
Helen Murray discusses why every Christian should strive for success and not just settle at stability. She also discusses why God wants us to prosper financially- what purpose it holds. Additionally, God tells us to do all things with excellence. Excellence causes us to be a blessing to our employer, and to prosper as well. Doing things out of obligation doesn’t give much room for success, nor does it cause a Christian to be a light in a dark world. Christians should be stand out by our example- not be just like the rest of this world. None of this glorifies God or sets an example of what a Christian should be like.
Don’t miss this interesting, and thought-provoking discussion on financial success! This article and more can be found in our next issue of Faith Filled Family Magazine coming out on December 27, 2018.