I’m still thinking about “success”. I just can’t seem to let go of it.
For most of us, we chase after success thinking we achieve it when we achieve a certain goal … perhaps number of friends on social media, or “likes”, or retweets. It may be when we hit a certain income level or title at our jobs. Or for some, not mentioning names 🙂 ,Â perhaps it is when our scale tells us we have hit our desired weight.
Success – it really does look differently to each of us.
Dictionary.com tells me success is “achieving an outcome, the attainment of wealth or fame, triumph”.
This brought to mind a servant who was entrusted with some money, belonging to his master, for safekeeping while his master was away. He did a good job investing the money, earning double the amount. Upon his return, the master had this to say to his servant:
“Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:21, NLT)
Sounds like the servant was successful. He was given a promotion.
We have no idea how long the master was gone on his trip. We do know for whatever the length of time, the servant was on his own. He had to work with no supervision from his master.
We can learn three things regarding success from this passage:
- Success means being “good”. This speaks of our character. We are to be … morally excellent, honorable, kind. “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1, NIV)
- Success means being “faithful”. This means we are true to follow through on our word. We are reliable and can be trusted. We can be counted on.
- Success means “handling this small amount”. Whether the job is viewed big or small, we are responsible to do what we have been given. “Do not despise these small beginnings…” (Zechariah 4:10, NLT).
Here’s the thing about success ….
It doesn’t matter whether the job is big or small. If we are faithful to do the job, God views us as successful. And He invites us to celebrate with Him.
What is it He is calling you to do today?
And let’s celebrate together!