Once a rich man's fields yielded a plentiful harvest. He was so rich that he decided to retire soon and said, "Now I have everything, rest, eat, drink and be happy." Don't we call men and women like "successful?" As an individual or a Christian, would you like to have this type of success? Would you like your children to be this successful? If yes, then listen carefully because the Son of God calls him a fool. Why.
Before we answer to this question let's ask ourselves the following. Why so many people, especially young people sometimes think that what they call success turns away from them. What is happening during those moments? Did God stop speaking to them? Of course no! Our Lord Jesus Christ says "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working" (John 5:17). So if God is always at work to save us, why do we feel this way and discouraged? Well, apostle Paul says "all things God works for the good of those who love him" (Romans 8:28). Therefore, we may be seeking success in the wrong places.
Running After Success Where It Doesn't Exist
If you believe in the word of the Son of Man then we may be looking for success in the wrong places. We may be looking for success in places where it does not exist. What exists there is temporary and illusory dream, packed in beautiful colorful box. This is why it is attractive and we falsely run after it.
If you run after this type of worldly success, then you will lose the eternal one. Even if you achieve the worldly success, you will one day lose it for sure and you will be quickly disappointing.
Now, do not think that material wealth is necessarily a bad thing. In the Old Testament we have number of wealthy saints whom Jesus calls righteous. Take for example Abraham, David, Job and some others. These were people, blessed with material wealth. Yet, in their lives they strictly kept two conditions.
First: Rich With God
These people were rich toward God. They loved God and lived by His commandments. They were rich toward God and not toward material things. They hearts were rich and filled with the love of God. And God doesn't want his faithful and loving children to lack anything. The Lord Jesus said "which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?" (Mat. 7:9) and added that our heavenly Father knows about our needs. (Matt. 6:8).
Second: They Were Righteous
The wealthy saints of the Old Testament earned what was given to them with an honest work. Did you notice I wrote "what was given to them?" Yes, because like the "fool" in the above-mentioned story, they did not consider their wealth their own, but something that was given to them by the Lord. They paid fair wages to their workers. They did not deceive. They did not take anyone's right. And if they did anything wrong, they deeply repented and accepted the consequence of their sin as fair compensation.
Dear friend. Do not search for success in the wrong places. Remember that Jesus told that rich person "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?" Indeed, who will get all the "success" you have prepared and run after. Then our Lord added, "This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God." Luke 12:20-21.
The True Success
The real success is striving to become rich toward God, to be filled with life, which will never end. When you leaving your God, the source of your life, turn your heart and occupy your mind with worldly temporary things, then know, that your heavenly Father loves you so much, that He will make circumstances such, so that in those circumstances you turn your heart and mind to your God with your own free will. He is waiting for your return. After all, which father will give his son a stone, when the son needs bread.
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As for the worldly and material things: your heavenly Father knows you need them and if you first seek His face, His kingdom, to be with Him, then "these things will be given to you as well." Matt. 6:33.
Therefore, let anyone ask himself this. When God is looking at you, will he call you a "food" or will he rejoice with you, seeing that you make yourself rich toward God and fill your life with good works?