What is Success?

Everyone is talking about success. Everyone wants to be a success. How will you know if you get it? What is success?

Well, it seems like there are differing ideas, but just about everyone can agree on what success isn’t.

I got this in the email from a friend. These are actual quotes taken from actual performance evaluations:

“Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and now has signs of starting to dig.”
“His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity.”
“I would not allow this employee to breed.”
“This associate is really not so much of a has-been, but more of a definitely won’t be.”
“Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.”
“When she opens her mouth, it seems that this is only to change whichever foot was previously in there.”
“He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.”
“This young lady has delusions of adequacy.”
“He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.”
“This employee should go far — and the sooner he gets kicked out the exit, the better.”
“This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.”

Ouch! If anyone has evaluated your performance and made comments similar to these, I suppose its safe to say, you aren’t being terribly successful.

What does the New Testament say about success? This might surprise you.

NOTHING.

The word is never used. So what does that tell you? It might be important to us, but it’s not high on God’s priorities.

But I’ll tell you what is. Faithfulness.

Success with God is faithfulness to God.

Paul wrote this:

(1 Corinthians 4:2) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Mark Hatfield tells of touring Calcutta with Mother Teresa and visiting the “House of Dying,” where sick children are cared for in their last days, and of the dispensary, where the poor line up by the hundreds to receive medical attention. Watching Mother Teresa minister to these people, feeding and nursing those left by others to die, Hatfield felt overwhelmed.

“How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?” he asked.

Mother Teresa replied, “My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, I am called to be faithful.”

You aren’t called to be successful. It doesn’t matter how many know your name. You are a servant. Servants are measured by faithfulness.

That’s the good news, now have a great day.

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