Posted by: everynation | April 12, 2008

Nobodies expose the somebodies

by Frank Christie

Everyone wants to succeed. The question is, how do you define success, and why do you really want it?

Alexander the Great, the Macedonian military genius, successfully conquered the known world, from Egypt to India. It is said that when he realized that he had no more countries to conquer he cried. Although his success was staggering it did not satisfy him in the end. There are many people today who work themselves to a stand still in attempt to “achieve greater success” because they are never satisfied with what they have already achieved. Unless we know what success is and why we want it we will never be satisfied. One of the ten commandments is to “be satisfied with what you have”.

So what does satisfied success look like? I believe that to be successful is to be used by God and to do God’s will. In other words, success is not all about you. That is the key, when you focus your attention on others you will be satisfied. Paul says in 1 Cor 1:26-28 “Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of ‘the brightest and the best’ among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these ‘nobodies’ to expose the hollow pretensions of the ‘somebodies’?”
There you go, God doing things the exact opposite way to what you expect! He chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. I have discovered that God gives success a new definition.

Success is usually defined in terms of things like wealth, titles and winning. For God, success is about touching lives of other people, encouraging people to live out their purpose, bringing the Kingdom of God to bear on all other kingdoms of the world.
Strive to do your best in whatever you turn your energies to, but when you achieve success, remember everything you have and everything you achieve comes from God. Like Paul told the Corinthians. “if you are going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God” 1 Cor 1:31

Frank Christie is the senior pastor of Every Nation Church Somerset West, the founder of Thembalitsha and the author of Being Frank.

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