Today, I was watching a live facebook video by Dr. Sharon Nesbitt. You can check it out by clicking here. The one thing she said that really got me was about being an:
“Earthly success and a Heavenly failure. Have we done what the Father wants?” – Dr. Sharon Nesbitt.
In contemplation of her statement, the following scriptures come to my mind:
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?
Lately, we are living in a world where it seems that the “appearances of Godliness” seem to matter more so than the “actual practice of Godliness” which should be what really matters for any Christian. I think that as Christians, we should aim to live our lives as if we are living it unto the Lord so that we can give an account of our actions once we die and have passed on.
Does our faith match our actions, or are we all “lip-service” and hypocritical in our conduct?
I’m not saying that as Christians, we will always be perfect in our conduct because obviously we have weakness that we need to deal with; however, having said that though, what I am saying is that we should be aiming to live a godly life consciously and strive not necessarily for perfection, but aim to be gracious in our conduct to others as God has given us grace towards our lives. We are imperfect beings believing in a perfect God that is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Though we have weaknesses, we should still aim to live on the right path with Jesus as our Standard of how we ought to live and love others as Christ loved us. Christ is the Standard for every Christian.
In the following scriptures from 2 Timothy 3:1-5, we are warned not to have anything to do with the following types of people as it describes:
3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Having lived with my Grandparents who were diplomats for half of my life, I can testify that I’ve witnessed individuals particularly in high positions who share some, if not most of the following attributes characterized by the following traits listed in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. It is a very scary world that we live in and that is why as Christians we need to model our lives by living out what we truly believe. We cannot afford to be hypocritical in our conduct and double-minded in our ways. Aim to be the genuine article for that is what is pleasing to our God.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double–minded.
So, for today, focus on heavenly success and earthly success as going hand in hand. Don’t be a person that succeeds in life by earthly standards and end up being a heavenly failure when measuring your life against God’s standard of success. True success to me is living out what you believe even in the face of earthly criticism and ridicule. I’d rather live a life pleasing to God and be criticized by the judgments of men rather than succeed in life and be a heavenly failure by God’s standard. Aim to do what is pleasing in God’s eyes with a focus of eternity in mind rather than the temporal pleasures of our limited lives here on Earth. This should be food for thought in your daily walk with the Lord, Amen!
I have a song by Manic Drive called Easier. This song just sounds awesome on surround sound so I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀