How many times have we heard of God’s intentions for His children’s happiness? On his want for us to succeed in every way? On his desire for us to prosper in all aspects of our lives? It’s a truth that God desires our prosperity, but are we certain that our concept of success corresponds to His? What does it mean to be successful in life for us as Christians?
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen or heard siblings whine about not being promoted, losing out on a great chance, or missing out on anything that, in their opinion, would have helped them achieve! God, of course, wants us to succeed. His notion of success, on the other hand, is often different from ours. When we reflect on the Word, we can easily see that success begins with salvation and continues with obedience, loyalty to the Lord and his Word (Joshua 1: 8), and the formation of a character like that of Christ.
Do you desire to be successful in God’s areas of importance? Here are seven things that God cares about more than your financial success!
God desires for you to be humble
More than anyone else, God understands how personal prosperity may cause us to turn our backs on Him. It is extremely simple to get enamoured with oneself if one reaches any level of success in any profession.
If we consider financial prosperity, Jesus’ assertion that it is easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom of God is not without cause (Matthew 19:24). “Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will elevate you,” James 4:10 reads (James 4:10). Even before elevation, humility is put in the top position. Before we get His promotion, God wants us to live modestly and according to His Word (Psalm 75: 6-7). Before you pray for your work’s success,
God desires that you produce fruit
We are encouraged to develop spiritually throughout the New Testament, to have the same character as Christ (Colossians 1:10). Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control are listed as the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: 22-23.
These characteristics are the outward manifestations of our spiritual development. God may prohibit us from attaining this “material success” if He understands that being successful in our company is known or even reaching a particular degree of prosperity can hinder us from producing this fruit. We are successful in God’s eyes when we exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our life.
God desires your submission and obedience
King Saul was taught by the prophet Samuel that obedience was preferable to sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). God took the kingdom of Israel from Saul’s hands and handed it to David, who is described in the Bible as “a man after his own heart” (Acts 13:22).
God linked prosperity and the capacity to be a great leader with obedience. “Whoever has my commandments and follows them, he is the one who loves me; and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and I will make myself known to him,” Jesus says (John 14:21). One of the pieces of evidence of our love for God is our level of obedience to Him.
God desires for you to be completely reliant on Him
Many individuals who have achieved some level of success in their life proudly say that they “made it on their own,” that they created themselves without the assistance of others, and that they need themselves.
They are self-sufficient or even self-sufficient, and this, they believe, is the greatest indicator of success. They believe they don’t need God since they have all they need, and they don’t see what more He could offer them because they already have everything. King Solomon is aware of the situation. He begs the Lord to give him two things before he dies in Proverbs 30:7-9:
“Take away every deceit and deceptive word from my mouth.” Give me neither poverty nor riches; give me the food I need, lest I reject you and say, “Who is the Lord?” in plenty. or that I don’t steal or harm myself in the name of my God when I’m poor.”
As the apostle Paul says in Philippians 4: 12-13, God wants us to rely on Him whether we have enough or not enough.
I know how to exist in a state of humiliation as well as in a state of plenty. I’ve learned to be full and hungry, be in plenty, and be in famine, in everything and everywhere. Through him who empowers me, I am capable of doing everything.
God desires that you have trust in Him
It is impossible to satisfy God without faith, according to Hebrews 11:6. God is unimpressed by material prosperity. Abraham had it all: money, land, servants… But above all, he possessed faith, which was something the Lord admired in him.
Achieve not pray for the ability to do everything; rather, pray for the ability to strengthen your trust in the one who can do everything.
God intends for you to serve others
When the disciples argued over who was taller, Jesus washed their feet and taught them a valuable lesson. Then he said to them, “If I, the Lord and the Master, have bathed your feet, you must also wash your feet one another; for I have set an example for you, that you may do as I have done to you.” “Truly, no servant is greater than his lord,” I say (John 13: 14-16). The greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is not the one who is served, but the one who serves!
God desires for you to emulate his Son, Jesus
The Christian life’s aim may be summarized as follows: to be like Christ in all ways. He is the ideal role model for us. All Christians should strive to focus on expressing the same emotions that He did and striving to be like Him.
God wants us to be able to be spiritually successful before giving us prosperity or financial accomplishment. The world must not corrupt our understanding of success and accomplishment since they often oppose what the Bible teaches.
Every genuine disciple must understand and accept that it is more essential than being socially, professionally, monetarily, or materially successful. For God, prosperity and success are essentially spiritual.