There are many standards for success. Marketers sell products by appealing to your desire to impress in a certain way. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How are you spending your time, money and resources? Galatians 1:10 asks, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Here is a list to remind us exactly which things don’t impress God;
1. Your car, house and possessions. Luke 16:19 tells us, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.” Scripture tells us that he ignored a beggar at his gate. When the man died, he asked for pity. “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.” (verse 25)
2. Your outward beauty and weight. God wants us to take care of ourselves, but His love for us is not conditional. I Samuel 16:7 is clear; “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” Our physical appearance does not change what God thinks of us! He adores us as we are, every day!
There is no Biblical correlation between educational level or job
title and Kingdom effectiveness.
3. Your education and job title. There is no Biblical correlation between educational level or job title and Kingdom effectiveness. Acts 4:13 tells us, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
4. Your bank account. Proverbs 11:28 says, “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.” This scriptural promise puts righteousness above financial savings. Likewise, while saving can be wise, it should not be our life’s priority. Colossians 3:2 reinforces this; ”Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
5. Your social media popularity. The number of likes that our posts receive on social media has no bearing on our approval by God. He is concerned about our reputation, not how entertaining our online presence is; “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”–(Proverbs 22:1)
The number of likes that our posts receive on social media has no bearing on our approval by God.
6. Your public ministry. God warns us to be careful when we are up-front-and-center at church and in the community. His concern is our motives. ”Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” –(Matthew 6:1) If we minister in order to be seen, then the Lord’s blessing stops there.
7. Your vacation spot, sport scores, recreation or social popularity. In Luke 8:14, we are warned that pleasure-seeking can be as spiritually choking as worries and riches can be; “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature”.
8. Earthy knowledge, theories, philosophies and politics. Colossians 3:2 says to “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” According to Ecclesiastes (see chapters 1 and 2), time spent pursuing earthly knowledge is vanity. Knowledge, in its many forms, and outside of God, leads to sorrow and grief. “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. (Ecclesiastes 1:18) What matters is pursuing God’s truth. Jesus said, “'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples'." (John 8:31) Scripture is the true source of wisdom, direction and peace!
None of the above 8 things are bad, in themselves. God blesses us with these things!
None of the above 8 things are bad, in themselves. God blesses us with these things! James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” The problem is when these things have a hold on us; when we are making a priority of these things and are neglecting our relationship with God. I Peter 5:8 says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” God is the only sure thing, and lasting peace and joy is only found in a relationship with Him. Jesus made this all possible, and He is worthy to receive our all and all!