How would you finish this sentence?  I would really be successful if I __________________.

If we adopt a wrong definition of success, we are well on our way to wasting our lives completely. Most people are driven by one or more of the following goals:

To be happy To be comfortable

To be fulfilled To be admired

To be rich

The average person spends his day seeking his own advantage, his own interests. He works so hard at finding happiness and fulfillment, perhaps it's surprising he finds misery instead. It's impossible to find happiness and fulfillment by living for ourselves. Why? Because we were not designed to live for ourselves. We cannot be genuinely fulfilled without fulfilling the purpose for which we were created.

Why do we exist?

1 Cor. 8:6
there is one God, the Father,...for whom we exist.
Revelation 4:11
God created all things, and for His pleasure they...were created.

Real success is pleasing God. Someone may ask, "If I concentrate on pleasing God, won't I be forfeiting my own happiness?" Our happiness is within the will of God. Thomas A Kempis wrote, "There is but one happiness for man. Everything else is but an illusion." Because we were created for God's pleasure, pleasing Him is the only thing that truly fulfills us.

J.C. Ryle wrote:

Zeal in religion is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His glory in every possible way. A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He only sees one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed up in one thing; and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives, or whether he dies--whether he has health, or whether he has sickness--whether he is rich, or whether he is poor--whether he pleases man, or whether he gives offense--whether he is thought wise, or whether he is thought foolish--whether he gets blame, or whether he gets praise--whether he gets honour, or whether he gets shame--for all this the zealous man cares nothing at all. He burns for one thing; and that one thing is to please God, and to advance God's glory. If he is consumed in the very burning, he cares not for it--he is content. He feels that, like a lamp, he is made to burn; and if consumed in burning, he has but done the work for which God appointed him.


Jamie Lash                     

(assisted by Brent Wallace)






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