Does obedience guarantee success in life?
We like guarantees. We pay extra money for extended product guarantees. We have life insurance, health insurance, car insurance. We measure risk before we make choices. We like to know that we are going to be safe, secure and hopefully… successful in our endeavors.
Oddly enough, that’s not really the way that many or even most of the world operates. Depending on your perspective… that may be the best, or worst thing about being an American Christian. We think about outcomes, results and bottom lines.
For us, the temptation is to turn God into a practical way to succeed.
The emotional mathematics work like this:
1. God wants us to succeed.
2. We know what that looks like. (we have our goals.)
3. If we obey God we will succeed.
4. When we obey God we expect to succeed.
5. If we obey and don’t receive the outcome we wanted we find ourselves doubting God.
6. Maybe He isn’t who we thought He was.
In the end, if we don’t get what we expected, we assume that God must not be who we thought He was.
And the truth is, He isn’t.
God isn’t nearly as concerned about our success as we think He is.
God is interested in our redemption, our holiness, our life change.
Oh yes, He cares about the ‘fruit we produce.’. But we all too quickly align our ‘fruit’ with the intentions for success that we have of ourself.
And that could be a great mistake.
Choose today to obey, trust, follow & love God.
Then see if maybe tomorrow you can do it again.
Let’s not turn God into a nice & easy way to get what we want out of life. Let’s follow Him in such a way that He gets what He wants out of us in life…