TO THE BIBLE: Acts 13:22 NIV
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”
Tasha sat dejected on the patio of their magnificent house; it was her birthday and she’d pulled out all the stops to have a “talk-of-the-town” party. For the first time in many years, she’d decided not to celebrate with the ‘regular’ kids as she’d always done. Instead, she invited “the fashionistas,” a popular group of girls well-known in school for their trendy clothes, flashy cars, and snobby ways. She desperately wanted to be one of them, and so to impress them, she invited them to her exclusive birthday party. But to her utter disappointment, her invitation was snubbed by every single one of them, and she was left alone and miserable on her birthday.
Today, there are many teenagers like Tasha whose aspiration is to be a part of the “in crowd,” show off, impress others, and be famous. These may be generally acceptable in the world, but as a child of God, you’ve got to remember that you’re not of the world, and shouldn’t conform to its standards.
Understand that being successful is not about trying to be like or please others, but discovering God’s purpose for your life, and bringing out the best in you to fulfill that purpose. That’s what true success is. To have and enjoy good success, you must have a clear understanding of the motives behind your actions. You must know why you do the things you do. The Gospel of Jesus Christ should be paramount in your heart. If you truly want to live a fulfilled life, have meaningful relationships with others, and enjoy good success, focus your attention on pleasing the Lord and living up to His expectations.
Go Deeper: Colossians 1:10 MSG
Dear Lord, I worship you for you alone are worthy of my praise. As I set out into my world today, I’m focused to do your will and please you in all that concerns me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Starting from today till the end of the week, before you take any action, pause and ask yourself these few questions:
- Is this the best I can do?
- Why am I doing this? Is it to get God’s attention or people’s attention?
- Is my action in line with God’s Word?