The Success Factor 29/9/11
A quick question and a late night thought: are you satisfied? Are you satisfied with your calling, your gifting and who God has made you to be? John Piper often talks about having “a dissatisfied contentment,” about calling out to God to ask Him for more. What Piper means of course, is that spiritually we are to be always craving for more from God. But God says we are both “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), so surely we should be satisfied with who we are as people. After all, if we’re Christians we’ve entrusted God with our lives, so that means in every way, including the plans God has for our lives and the talents He has given us. Each of us is made in the image of God, are loved equally, but are shown favour in different ways, so what really is the problem? Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” That is something that should not be taken lightly. So, what is the point I’m trying to make here? Well, I guess it’s this. What if you’re in a profession where God has gifted you, yet someone who is perhaps also good and not a Christian (or in fact maybe even a complete atheist and an arrogant, oppressive one at that) is overtaking you and perhaps looking down on you in your stream. Is there reason to question why your hard work should not be rewarded? Should we just pursue what we believe God says to us and fulfil our calling? Would our ego be happy at being second best and that we would not be looked upon by people? Why should that matter? Jesus did “grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52)” and Proverbs 3:3-4 says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” So what is my personal problem here? I guess it’s that, a) I need to be satisfied with my calling, b) God calls me to serve well, work hard and pursue dreams to His glory and c) God is good, all the time. If our God is for us, then who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). But what about the guy who is storming out ahead? Well, that’s also a blessing to the heart of God. Because that person is also pursuing a dream. But then again, we as Christians must and should pray a blessing on their lives, because we’re all in it together. Why should I not be happy for them? “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). God alone is my protection and salvation, and through Him all things, yes, all things are possible. And, although I cannot see it yet, He has great things in store, and there’s no point in worrying (see Matthew 6), cause it’s in His hands.