people measure their success in life in terms of their material possessions and
intellectual achievements; and rightly so because their world is reduced to the
number of rungs in the social ladder they have climbed.
When our whole life is determined by the properties we have accumulated, when all we focus on is based on getting stuff and more stuff, then we have obtained full membership to the rat race which puts us on an unending thread mill of greed.
We have all at one stage or other in our lives lost sight of the purpose for which we are transiting this passing world. We forget to measure our achievements by the strength, power and love our Maker has put in us. We are foolish when we begin to measure ourselves by ourselves and by so doing, we enter a place of endless comparison that keeps us on a path of ruthless competition – as if the resources will run out the following day.
As a Christian, you are neither running after stuff, name or fame. Your mission is anchored on the One who made you and promised to provide for you in all circumstances. Somehow we find ourselves running without any goal or direction, following ‘every wind of doctrine,’ assuming they offer the way out of lack, suffering or they can restore our peace.
We do these things when we count on ourselves for our survival; when we trust in our ability and strength to provide for ourselves and our loved-ones. If that is the way you proceed, look at what your ability has brought you – pain, shame, and an unquenchable thirst for perishable things. We live by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Putting our trust in the One who gave us life and brought us into the school of this world to train us how to stay on top of things and prepare us for the life after this, is the path to follow.
The Children of Israel for forty years journeyed through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. They neither sowed nor reaped, yet God catered to their needs daily. When they cried out to Him for food, God gave them Manna (angel’s food) from above. When they were thirsty He provided water from the Rock – Jesus, the water of life. God has not changed; He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is doing all of that for those who not only call on Him, but who also trust in Him.
You may want to argue that such happened a long time ago and therefore no longer relevant today. That is a lie from the devil to put your trust on the Word of God. “The grass withers and the flower fade but the word of God lasts forever.” (Isaiah 40:8) That is the reason it is recorded for us. The Word of God promises us a better future, far better than running helter-skelter, trying everything in order to go through life. What is written about you is already settled in heaven. “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
We need wisdom to govern our lives and that is the resource only God can supply. You cannot manufacture it. It is freely given; you need to ask for it in order to stop groping your way to success by world standards.
The problem here is that we cannot take our success anywhere beyond this earth – it is for world consumption only.
It has no value in eternity. Our capacity to endure in eternity is grossly limited if we think it best to peddle materialism – such joy exists in the temporal realm and not in the eternal.
There is no need for us to panic just yet; all is not lost. Jesus came to show us the way, so we can refocus. God wants us to be dependent on Him one hundred per cent and to yield to His leading for He is trustworthy. So stop trusting in yourself because all of your plans can crumble overnight. The Bible teaches us to store our riches in heaven because over there nothing can be stolen, nothing rusts or rots. (Matthew 6:18-19) It is a sure destination for which we have to make preparations here and now.
There is nothing we can do after death knocks on our doors. If we leave the leash of our lives to God, we will not be led astray; we will be found by Him.
Let us measure our lives by how God sees us, not how we see ourselves. Be righteous!