We can face a challenge as business men and women in the world.
We try to succeed before the eyes of man and also our Heavenly Father.
- To be seen as strong and powerful.
- Others to know that we have what it takes
- To be looked at as “successful.”
As Christian business men and women, we also strive to satisfy God.
- To share the love of Christ.
- To have death to self.
- To stand before the Father when our time comes and have Him say, “well done, good and faithful servant! (Matthew 25:23)”
The problem that you can probably see here is, there’s no way to satisfy both. It’s nearly impossible to be looked at in the eyes of the world as “successful” and also by the standard set forth in the Bible.
The reason is simply that the world’s view of success is much different than that of God’s.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matthew 6:24
In attempting to serve the master known as the “world,” we are placing the interests of others and our flesh above God.
We are not only saying, I want earthly power and others to look at me with jealousy; we are also saying, I want all the things the world can offer me, money, sex, power, etc above the eternal gifts that God has promised his people.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10
God recognizes when you are sold out for Him!
Do not be worried about whether you will be recognized for your faithfulness. As the Bible states, God is not unjust and will bless his people.
Is this to say that by serving God while here on Earth will lead to an impoverished lifestyle and no success by worldly standards?
No, of course not. God blesses his people both in Heaven and also while still in this world.
Look at Solomon, the richest man who ever lived!
But, don’t seek after money. Don’t serve money. as Matthew 6:24 states, “you cannot serve God and money.” So, serve the Father and he will give you what you need.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
Yours in Ambition,