Our society bases success around a lot of different things. We see success as having a lot of money, owning a big house, being influential, or having a bunch of stuff.
We view churches as successful when they have an increasing amount of cash, an enormous building, lots of people to influence, and tons of things inside the church. Kinda sounds like the world’s view of success…
I’m not here to tell you that being blessed is bad. I’m just here to explain the definition of success from the teaching of Jesus.
In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus describes a parable about 3 servants who are given bags of gold. The first servant is handed 5 bags, the second 2 bags, and the third only 1 bag.
In this parable we see the servant with 5 bags double the amount to 10 bags. The servant with 2 bags doubles his amount and ends up with 4 bags. And the servant with 1 bag doesn’t do anything with it…he just kinda hides it away.
The master is pleased by the men who doubled their bags, but a little fussy with the man who didn’t do anything with his.
Success is not based on what you have, but what you do with what you have.
This parable does not show unsuccess as being poor. In Luke 21:1-4 we see an old widow who is very poor, but gives all she can to the church.
A rich man is not successful if he’s just sitting on his wealth and doing nothing with it. A poor man is not successful if they’re sitting on their poverty and doing nothing with it.
God has given us an incredible amount of blessings. We are given so many opportunities to grow with what we have, but we choose not too.
Success is taking the circumstances that you’re in, and doing with it what you can. It’s turning $1 into $2, or $1,000,000 into $2,000,000.
Success isn’t making more of what we have. It’s making the most out of what we have, so we can worship Him through our blessing.
Having a big church that glorifies their progress doesn’t make it successful. Having a big church that thanks God for His many blessings, and glorifies Him with the things He’s given them is successful.
Having a small church doesn’t make you unsuccessful; however, having a small church that doesn’t strive to grow or build up the body of believers is unsuccessful.
Everything we own is not of our own. Everything we make is not of our own. But if you use what you have made for the glory of God, then you are successful.
It doesn’t matter the amount of money, how big your establishment is, how much influence you have, or how much stuff you own.
Success is doing what you can with what you have to ultimately glorify God.