God teaches what is of ultimate importance:
Jer 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
God also warns us, what not to boast about:
Jer 9:23 Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
The serpent wants you active in your pursuit of Success, Significance, and Sufficiency on man’s worldly terms (which will not satisfy). And when you have spent your life in the pursuit of wealth, wisdom, and power you will come to the end of your life and conclude (as Solomon did) it was vanity, striving after the wind. In the meantime, you lose opportunity to know God, participate in His plan and model Jesus. To this end, you will suffer appreciable loss:
1Co 3:11-13 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.
1Co 3:15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
To be clear, God raises Christians to positions of increased power, wisdom, and wealth but He tells us not to pursue them on our strength and understanding with our wrong motives. Similarly, he tells us not to put our hope in these things but in Him.
1Co 4:7 For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
When God gives you wealth, wisdom and power, you must realize that you simply have arrived at a place of increased pressure, responsibility, and accountability before Him.
I am convinced God does not call us to responsibilities to reduce our time spent knowing Him, reduce our time participating in His plan (our purpose), or delay becoming more like Jesus as these are the foundation basis of our eternal reward. Only man reduces his ministry of availability and chooses whom or what he will serve. Worldly pursuits will demand your availability to serve its purposes. In return, you will receive the reward; the serpent’s failed version of Success, Significance, and Sufficiency.
God makes it clear He determines your temporal existence while you determine your eternity. My hope is your perspectives and convictions on these important topics will be strong, your accountability partners steadfast, and your pursuit of God your singular priority.
Mat 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
- How do I define success, significance and sufficiency?
- Does my time and money affirm this?
- Do my actions support my purpose statement? Do I have a purpose statement?
- Whose affirmation do you fear losing in the temporal?
- What steps have I taken to make myself available for ministry?
- Am I actively pursuing the ministry God has given me? If so, in what ways? If no, why not?
By David Rinehart (Deceased April 3, 2021)