Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:5-9, 2 Tim 4:7-8, Col 1:17-18, Matthew 25
When we were in school, success meant good grades. The successful students were usually tagged “teacher’s favorites”. But as soon as we left school, success started to mean several other things, e.g. getting a good job, hitting the peak of our career, owning a brand new car, owning our own home, getting married with kids, landing a multibillion Naira contract; the list is endless really. The truth remains that no matter what stage of life we are in, success is said to be achieved after a review or evaluation is carried out against a standard; and this can be at short intervals or longer ones. But are these the measures of success by God?
We hear of successful superstars who slip into depression, some attempt suicide and some actually take their lives and people are shocked. This is because success as we know it is not as a result of what we possess or acquire, or even what people say about us. It’s the state of the soul, it’s deep seated, and we experience it when we are in union with and are accepted by the one who made us through Christ.
Christ is the standard of success! The very best of humans fall short by margins that are incomparable. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in every
Am I studying God’s word and obeying it? Am I making disciples? Am I abiding in Jesus?
The successful steward is the one that engages in the masters business – discipleship and hears good and faithful servant. May we hear him say well done.thing. (Col 1: 18) FIRST IN EVERYTHING!!! Our standard of success is Christ. It is as He becomes mature in us, and we give him expression that we are Successful in God’s eyes.
How do we know we are successful by God’s definition? When we do what God wants, and upon His evaluation, He says well done!
Paul, when his time of death was near, did a review. He said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return……”2 Tim 4:7-8
Paul finished strong. We do not know when the Lord will call us home, but are we reviewing ourselves in the light of what our owner wants – wills? Well done is proof that we are successful.
Matthew 25 is the Parable of the talents. The Master gave his servants talents according to their abilities. When he came back for review, the first 2 servants got a well done and they were launched into greater stewardship to do more. The 3rd servant after review got a “lazy and wicked servant”. Why? Because he did not do what the master wanted!
Am I successful? When I am evaluated, do I qualify for more? The material resources in my hand, are they securing heavenly treasures, or am I wasting them on other causes here on earth? Is my saved Soul and talent in the business of getting more souls?
The Successful Steward is the one who uses his own talent (His soul) to secure more souls for the father’s kingdom. He is the one who hears good and faithful servant. May our Master greet us with well done!