He was quite proud to tell me: “Life is good.”
Reference: v.4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I was recently chatting to a young adult who has fully embraced the world around him. While earning a decent amount of money he is able to buy pretty much anything that he wants, do whatever he wants, and party whenever he wants.
With all of this in mind, he feels like he is living life to the fullest.
His clothes are trendy, he’s out nearly every night of the week, and he finds himself in plenty of short-term relationships.
He was quite proud to tell me: “Life is good.” He felt he had all the important elements covered and was succeeding in making a decent life for himself.
Application: For a young adult, the world is very obvious in what it says is success. Money, popularity, freedom and fun. If you have these in abundance then you are living the high life, right?
And yet it’s so far from God’s understanding of success. You may have these things if you follow God, but they are not the focus of God’s purpose for your life.
When young people aim for the success of the world they are blinded to what God would have them fulfil in their lives – love Him and loving others. When we aim for these ‘successes’, that’s when we fulfil our greater purpose in Christ.
If we continue to chase the success of the world we will be left wanting. However, if we chase the success of Christ, the journey will be challenging, but it will give us the greatest sense of achievement we could ever find.
Prayer: Lord, the success of the world is so appealing and it seems to please the people around me. Help me to stay focussed on Your purpose for my life and live to bring You glory. Amen.
What kind of success are you chasing in your life?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.