What Is Success?

In this world, greatness normally is associated with a nice title or good income or nice automobiles or a big house. If you have those things, you are considered successful. And, we often carry that idea of success into the church. But, that idea of success is not God’s idea.
In Matthew 22:24-30, Jesus helps His disciples understand what spiritual success means. Jesus says that in the world, “the kings of the Gentiles lord it over them…. But not so with the you, but let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves…. But I among you as the one who serves.”
Jesus is telling His disciples that the world’s idea of success is for someone to be in charge of lots of men. But, Jesus added… that is not God’s idea for success… God’s way of success is through service.
Maybe you are struggling with the idea of success. Maybe you aren’t as “successful” as you thought you would be… because you don’t have a nice title or big house etc… Friend, that is not God’s idea of success. You are successful if you are serving the Lord.
The world’s idea of success is to be materialistic and have power. Jesus’ idea of success is to serve tables. Don’t think you are too good or too big to serve. After all, Jesus said, “I am among you as the one who serves.”

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