If we are going to experience God-size success we must live by God’s definition of success which I covered in last week’s blog. However, in order to live by God’ definition of success we must also accept and live by what I call the law of successful living. This law was expressed by Jesus Himself in Matthew 6:24 and reads as follows:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus expresses a law here that is impossible to live by if you do not accept God’s definition of success: It is impossible because it says that you either serve God 24/7 or you serve mammon (material wealth) 24/7, you cannot do both.
Let me say at this point that it in order to live by this law we must walk by faith. I say this because of what Jesus said we must do in order to serve God 24/7 in Matthew 6:31-34:
6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof. (Emphasis supplied).
Jesus tells us here that in order to serve God 24/7 we must not only stop worrying about our success we must also stop worrying about our survival. As a matter of fact, in verse 25 Jesus went so far as to say, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life. To those who define success as monetary gain this statement not only seem impractical but also down right irresponsible and unbiblical as well as. After all doesn’t the bible say in I Timothy 5:8:
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (Emphasis supplied).
Yes, but the bible also says in Hebrews 11:6:
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Emphasis supplied).
This tells us that those who walk by faith believe that the best way to provide for their family is to diligently seek God because they believe He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6) and if they single-mindedly serve God 24/7 He will satisfy the desires of their hearts (see Psalms 37:3-6).
This is why Jesus gave this promise to those who walk by faith in Matthew 6:33:
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Emphasis supplied).
In summary, those who want God-size success cannot live by a job or career mindset because both of these are based on the erroneous belief that we can serve both God and mammon. Therefore, neither one of these mindsets are pleasing to God because neither of these will cause us to diligently seek Him 24/7. The only mindset that leads to God-size success is the ministry mindset.
Next week I am going to show how living by the ministry mindset guarantees that we will experience God-size success. Until then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 5:18 And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. II Corinthians 5:17-20 (Emphasis supplied).