The success or failure of a Christian’s life cannot be determined by the world’s standards. The world counts success in personal attainment, possessions. How much money or land do you have? How large is your house and how many nice things are in it? How new and expensive is your car or truck? How many kids do you have, and how much money do they make? In other words, how is it that you have attained or accomplished more than others? If you have attained more than those around you then by the world’s standards you are a success!
Christians, on the other hand, do not compare themselves with others (2 Cor 10:12), and we are called to avoid conforming to the pattern of this world while being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2). This renewing of our minds enables us to answer the call (literally the logic) of the gospel by offering ourselves (our bodies) as living sacrifices (Rom 12:1). What this means for us is that we live our lives in a conscious awareness of those around us. We live our lives in love! We live as children of the God who loved us first. We live our lives in fragrant obedience to God’s commands, as did our Savior, Jesus Christ (Eph 5:1–2). This life of love is success for a Christian, because it is enough for the servant to be like his master (Matt 10:25; Luke 6:40). When we love others, we have represented Christ to them.
The most success that we can have in this life is to bring glory to God, because that is His eternal purpose and intent for the church (Eph 2:10; 3:10, 21). Therefore, as we consider our success or failure in this life, let us remember to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart (Heb 12:2–3). With our eyes on Jesus and not our selves and possessions we will persevere in our work for the Lord because we will know that our work will be successful! Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Cor 15:58).
Heb 12:2 – 3
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
TREASURES IN THE EXTRA MILE – MATT 10:25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master