Before you climb the ladder of success, make sure it’s leaning against the right wall.
Most people evaluate success in terms of what they can accumulate during their lifetime. But that is not God’s perspective on success. From a spiritual viewpoint, success is determined by the ultimate destiny of your soul. After all, your life on Earth is only for a fleeting moment compared to eternity.
When Jesus was discussing this subject with the disciples, He explained success in these terms: “And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
If you really want to have success that matters and will last forever, then you must be willing to abandon the things of the world and invest your energies in spiritual matters.
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”