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How Do You Measure Success?

Posted on: 7-15-112014

As humans, we tend to measure success in things that we can visibly see, such as the amount of money in the bank, the number of material possessions we have, a number on a scale, etc.  We like to see tangible proof of our efforts.  For example, a teacher wants to see her students succeed in their grades, doctors/nurses want to see their patients get well, and parents was to see their children achieve milestones.  As Christians, we, too, like to see the fruit produced by our service to God.  If we pray for someone, we want to see God provide the answers in a tangible way.  If we share Christ with someone, we want to see them accept Him as their Savior.  However, often times, God doesn’t give us visible verification for a long time, if at all during our lifetime.  When this happens, we often feel like our efforts weren’t successful.  What we have to learn is that success for a Christian is based on obedience to God, not on the things we can see.  If we do what He has asked us to do, we are successful whether or not there is any evidence of a reward.  Often, we fear doing what He is calling us to do because we are worried that we won’t be successful.  We worry too much about the end result instead of focusing on the process He is leading us through.  When I first started writing this blog, I worried about the “numbers” part of it…how many views, how many likes, etc.  Then, I realized that none of that mattered as long as I was doing what God asked me to do.  The results were up to Him.  What is it that God is calling you to do today?  If you want to be successful, all you have to do is obey.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

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