Just what is success?
This is the dictionary definition (n.):
1. The favorable or prosperous outcome of attempts or endeavors.
2. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3. A successful performance or achievement
4. A person or thing that is successful
Almost inevitably when people call someone a success these days you know they are talking about the dictionary definition.
Often, though, I find that I agree that this person being talked about is successful but his priorities and goals are wrong...and therefore he is often not 'a success' at all from my point of view. An example might be a person who is famous, talented, filthy rich and holds a high position. To most people that is a person who is a 'success.' But 1) is that the Lord's will for his life? 2) how often did that person arrive there partly because he is also selfish, corrupt, immoral, dishonest and greedy?
So I decided to go to the Bible and see what God has to say about success. God's view on success is infinitely more important than man's. I want to be a success in His eyes, don't you?
I found these two verses. It's surprising how few times you find the word at all in scripture.
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
" .... wisdom brings success."
That's the kind of success we want to strive for, the kind that comes from knowing God's Word intimately, studying it passionately and relentlessly, and craving to obey everything that it says and to learn the depths of it. Then we will be wise, rich in His knowledge and blessings (prosperous) and successful -- from God's point of view.
Is there any other opinion that counts?
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