I don’t know who defined success this way, but a lot of people think success in the Christian Life means that you have spoken in filled stadiums, you have written multiple books or you jet set every weekend to tell people about Jesus.
No, that’s not the definition of success.
And if we equate a successful Christian life to that, we are watering down a beautiful, powerful picture of who we’re called to be.
Speaking to the masses, published books and plane tickets don’t define someone’s success as much as they define a person’s faithfulness.
But then again, a mommy who has borne and raised three children all the while honoring God and honoring her husband is just as successful in the eyes of God as Christine Caine or Lisa Bevere, two amazing God-fearing women.
In the Bible, was the powerful judge, Deborah, any more successful in the eyes of God than Hannah, one woman who cried out to God? What about Joanna, one of the women who followed Jesus? She’s in only three scriptures in the Bible.
Was she any less successful in the eyes of God than Esther, a brave warrior who has her own BOOK?
Because success in the eyes of God is NOT defined by notoriety or even big actions, but it’s defined by a life of faith and honor.
Joanna pleased the Lord and followed Him.
And He saw her with the same eyes as the one who stepped out before the King in bold faith and was a mediator for the rescue of her people.
There are so many men and women who, in their mind, don’t measure up because they don’t feel like they’ve made an impact or accomplished very much.
In whose definition?
Man may have one view of accomplishment, but it’s God’s perspective that really matters and the Bible says that promotion comes from Him to the humble.
I always want to invade a messy home with littles running around with spaghetti-laced hair and hug the mother who thinks she hasn’t accomplished much.
YOU HAVE A CHILD. YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL. YOU PLEASE THE LORD.
You deserve a reward and sometimes you just need to know that you are making a HUGE difference.
You don’t have to be doing “BIG” things to have big success.
You don’t have to be traveling the world to be changing it.
I heard someone once say, “Stop the Glorification of busy.”
I love that.
Because we really, really should stop.
Busy does not equate success.
I have a pretty On-the-Go life.
It’s why I prefer Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not kidding, I could eat breakfast every meal. (That’s beside the point…but still a very important fact of life.)
Last year I lived out of a suitcase for about half a year, not even exaggerating. It sounds exciting and adventurous, and as exciting and adventurous as it is, there were days I craved for home. Craved for community. Craved to have a normal weekend at home.
I say that to say that every season has it’s own thoughts and battles. You may be at home, wanting the rush of going new places. You may be on a plane, just wanting that warm consistency of home.
Living life well.
Being faithful with what’s entrusted into YOUR hands (not the hands of another).
That’s what God sees.
Not the masses (Although I am GRATEFUL for that part of God’s plan), not the authored books (Even though they are IMPORTANT.)
God sees your importance through the eyes of Grace and the eyes of Faith.
It is by FAITH that Abraham pleased God. He didn’t please God because He was the father of many nations, He pleased God because He believed God.
And that’s how God is looking at you now, friend: Not just a diaper changer.
You are a world changer.
For the Kingdom,
About the Author:
“Jenny Kutz is a minister and the author of “ABBA: finding comfort in the Father after your parents’ divorce”. She has been a part of ministry for as long as she can remember. She started preaching in children’s church at the age of 12 years old and has continued to minister ever since. She attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK in 2005 and studied Worship Leadership and Pastoral Ministry.
She has had hands on training in ministry through various mission outreaches, serving in the local church and assisting her grandparents, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, as they ministered.
Jenny has faith to see this generation rise up and live out the great commission. Her heart is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ spread to the nations. Out of that desire, Jenny began Love to the Nations and also founded Global Girls Bible Study, an online Bible study for women from all around the world.”