I’m reading a book called “Crazy Love”, written by Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski. It’s about the radical, self-sacrificing, unconditional love of God for us, the God who is all-powerful and who created the whole universe. Francis Chan calls Christians to passionately love God, wholeheartedly and unashamedly, with all of our hearts.
I’m about three-quarters of the way through reading the book and it’s provoking so many different thoughts. It’s definitely challenging me to think more about living out my faith in every action and every thought, not just calling myself “Christian”, but intentionally living Christ in everything I do.
I most recently read a quote in the book that made me stop for a moment and just ponder. Francis quotes Tim Kazzier,
“Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” -Tim Kizziar
When I read that I immediately stopped and read it again (that’s something I do a lot).
That quote is so profoundly true. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m one easily driven by fear, especially fear of failure. But I think I measure success in the totally wrong way.
Is success for me measured by how many followers I have on social media, or on my blog? Do I think success is making money or getting a bunch of things done? Is success just checking off to-dos and lists? Is it based on how much I accomplish in life?
In reality, those things are successes. But do they really matter? Are they really that important? Are they worth my time and worry?
It doesn’t matter how many people read my blog, it doesn’t matter how many followers I have, it doesn’t matter how much money I make or how many things I’m magically able to check off my to-do list, or even how much I accomplish in life if what I’m doing doesn’t honor Christ.
As I think more about this I find it increasingly relevant not only to my own personal life but to culture and society in general. Our culture is so self-centered and focused on being successful in life. But they define success in the wrong way.
Generally speaking, our culture defines success by the jobs they have or how perfect their family is. But do those things really matter that much? In the light of eternity does it really matter what job you have, or occupation you choose, or how perfect your family is?
If we’re honest with ourselves, the only things that matter in life are the things that are done for the glory of God.
It doesn’t matter if you have a perfect family or the best job if you’re not intentionally living your life to honor Christ.
ALL of life’s accomplishments and “successes” are completely worthless if they’re not honorable to God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says,
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
No matter what you’re doing, do it for God’s glory.
Don’t be fearful of failing, be fearful of succeeding at worthless things.
No matter what Christ has called you to do, do it for His glory. Live intently for this purpose, and you can be confident that you’re not failing. Rather, you’re succeeding in life’s greatest purpose. To glorify God.
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