Theme of the week: Seeing Success Through God's Eyes
Friday, February 1, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: Good deeds done in secret will someday come to light. (1 Timothy 5:25) Dig Deeper: Proverbs 2:1-8
Few of us will be hugely successful in the eyes of the world. Not many of us will climb to the pinnacle of the corporate ladder or become all-star athletes or Oscar-winning actors. If we are limited to these cultural understandings of success, most of us can never hope to be successful.
But all of us, as followers of Christ, can be faithful to God. Faithfulness does not require extraordinary gifts or a large stage or public notoriety. It's not dependent on having a certain amount of money or education. It's not dependent on good luck or fortuitous circumstances or knowing the right people. Every one of us can love God. Every one of us can be a loving servant to our neighbors. If we humble ourselves to receive God's love, and if we trust him to change our hearts and empower us to live a life of humble, loving faithfulness, every one of us can be truly successful.
Adding to this good news is the fact that the one who will be our judge is omniscient. No act of faithfulness on our part, no matter how small, no matter how unappreciated in the eyes of others, will ever go unnoticed by God. He knows, and he will reward his faithful people.
—Steven Roy in What God Thinks When We Fail
My Response: In what ways do I currently seek to demonstrate faithfulness and obedience to God?
Thought to Apply: Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.—David Grayson (writer, journalist)
Adapted from What God Thinks When We Fail (IVP, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Father, help me to define success the way you do; remind me that the only opinion that ultimately matters is yours.
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