WHAT IS SUCCES AND ARE YOU SUCCESSFUL?
Antonio Baldovinos | Excerpt from Relentless Pursuit
For many years I chased after success. Well, my own definition of success. I had a misguided pursuit of success in which I was really aiming to fulfill my identity.
We all have different pursuits. We have pursuits of success, fame, wealth, and other temporal quests. Some have significance, but most have very little weight in the perspective of life and eternity.
What is your definition of success?
There is much confusion, pain, and disillusionment related to what a great and successful life is. We need a biblical definition of success.
Our humanistic culture defines success in terms of receiving recognition from people and being in a position of influence with great finances.
Some measure success by wealth, others by a certain level of academic achievement, still others by a large network or some sort of platform.
This took me a long time to redefine and figure out. I still have to focus on it still.
Success should really be defined by one thing: God loves me and I love Him, therefore, I am successful.
The issue of our function is important but secondary to this.
Our highest purpose is to love God. This comes ahead of seeking to make an impact or to be successful from man’s point of view.
We find our identity or success in being desired by God and in loving Him instead of seeking our primary value in how much we accomplish or the impact we make. We are most successful because we are desired by God and love Him.
If we get this right, we no longer need to fear being a failure.
We must agree with God’s definition of success. Many agree with lies about what success is and thus, feel like a failure and live aimlessly. They focus mostly on externals (what they do and possess) instead of internals (who they are to be in their hearts). They view their life in context to their struggle and lack of impact. Jesus corrected those who put their ministry before loving God. Look at the book of Revelation.
“[you]…have labored for My name…4…I have this against you…you have left your first love. 5 Remember…from where you have fallen; repent…or…I will…remove your lampstand” (Rev. 2:3-5).
Many get their identity through their accolades. Making a great impact isn’t wrong, but they are temporary and do not define who you are.
What happens if all those accomplishments come tumbling down? Your identity may also come plunging down too.
Lovers will always out work the workers. When we work without intimacy we work as a slave. A heart of a bride is refreshed as she serves. Service without the foundation of devotion leads to burn out, disappointment, and wounding. Thus, the service is not sustained over decades.
Make it your aim to live before God.
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