God's Definition of Success
How would you define success? Though much of the world considers power and prosperity to be the highest of goals, God desires a different yearning in His children.
From the Lord’s standpoint, success means walking in His way. The Bible asks, “What does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul?” (Deut. 10:12). As the Holy Spirit reveals God’s heart to us, we have the opportunity to obey and follow our Father. Beyond pleasing Him, there are many benefits to walking in His way.
First, we develop a closer relationship with the Lord. When we seek Him, He enlarges our ability to understand His ways (Jer. 29:13). Second, we gain a rich prayer life. Third, we begin to see things from His perspective. Fourth, we have more patience and find it easier to wait for His timing. Fifth, when we face adversity, we are increasingly stable and steadfast. Finally, we impact others—all the benefits listed above will be evident to those around us.
Read Deuteronomy 10:12 again, this time as a prayer. Ask God to reveal one new way you can love Him or serve Him more wholeheartedly.