“Success” Is A Seductive Mistress

“Success” does indeed have its rewards. Therefore the temptation to parade the accouterments of achievement in front of others in order to garner their admiration is almost irresistible! After all,

 

If youve got it, FLAUNT IT! (But subtly, of course.)

 

Let’s just admit that it’s hard to be humble when you’re soooo good!

 

God is not against success. But He is against pride. And the pride that often accompanies our success can indeed be seductive.

 

Take for example the experiences of:

 

Uzziah:

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God… “ (2 Chronicles 26:16)

 

Rehoboam:

After Rehoboams position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 12:1)

 

Jeshurun:

Jeshurun grew fatfilled with foodheavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior. (Deuteronomy. 32:15)

 

Because “SUCCESS” IS A SEDUCTIVE MISTRESS we would be wise to heed sage old King Solomon — who himself was seduced by his success — when he prayed:

 

Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, Who is the Lord? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:8, 9)

 

QUESTION: How well are you handling your “success” in the eyes of the Lord Jesus?

  • Is He pleased as He observes you, His humble, self-sacrificing, and gracious servant? Or:
  • Is He grieved by a pride-ridden life that is locked on to spiritual cruise-control?

 

The problem is that a lot of us are in spiritual cruise control. We are not pursuing God. We are not following after righteousness. The Christian life is like a greased pole: either you are climbing or slipping. How about you? Are you climbing? Are you growing? Are you maturing? Or are you going backward? It is time for us to use what God has given so we can go out and do some serious spiritual four-wheeling.

Posted on December 29, 2011, in Misc and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Excellent! If I could write like this I would be well happpy. The more I see articles of such quality as this (which is rare), the more I think there could be a future for the Net. Keep it up, as it were.

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