As heaven’s advertising agency, we promote God in every area of life, including success.
That’s right—even your success is intended to reflect God. Listen to the reminder Moses gave the children of Israel: “Remember He is the one the LORD your God who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he made with your ancestors” (Deuteronomy 8:18 NLT).
From where does success come? God. “It is the LORD your God who gives you power to become successful.”
And why does he give it? For his reputation. “To fulfill the covenant he made with your ancestors.”
God blessed Israel in order to billboard his faithfulness. When foreigners saw the fruitful farms of the Promised Land, God did not want them to think about the farmer but the farmer’s Maker. Their success advertised God.
Nothing has changed. God lets you excel so you can make him known. And you can be sure of one thing: God will make you good at something. This is his principle: “True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life” (Proverbs 22:4 NLT). . . .
“We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB). The ambassador has a singular aim—to represent his king. He promotes the king’s agenda, protects the king’s reputation, and presents the king’s will. The ambassador elevates the name of the king.
May we do the same. May God rescue us from self-centered thinking. May we have no higher goal than to see someone think more highly of our Father, our King.
~ IT’S NOT ABOUT ME
Father, enable us to serve you with our whole hearts. Show us how to love, serve, help, teach, and care. May your will be done here on earth and in our lives. Teach us to center our goals and plans and ambitions on you. May the world know what an amazing and loving Savior you are, amen.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”
~ JOHN 15:13
“He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”
~ JOHN 14:12
He gave some to be apostles, some prophets . . . and some pastors.
~ EPHESIANS 4:11