The Measure of Success

This week for the Jesus X Comforter blog and podcast, we are going to begin a series in which we will consider topics that are particularly pertinent to Millenials. We will be inviting some amazing people of God to share insights from things that God has revealed to them in their personal lives. For the first of these, we are honoured to have Morayo Adebowale Roseke and we will be discussing, The Measure of Success.

Morayo Adebowale Roseke is an Emotional Wellbeing Specialist and Professional Life and Leadership Coach. She has over a decade of experience working in various areas of mental health and currently helps individuals to achieve both wellbeing and fulfilment and get what they truly want out of their life and career.

As human beings, we are constantly aiming to be successful. It is inbuilt in us to desire achievement and appreciation for our efforts. This is a God-trait. Why would I say that?  Because it is revealed at the very first encounter of the Character of God that is shared with us through the creation story.

“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely.”
Genesis 1:31 AMPC

From this, we can see that even God recognised the importance of approbation for His work. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with ambition or desiring success in and of itself. However, problems arise when our ambitions are outside the will of God and when our measure of success is man-centred instead of God-centred.

Sticking with the books of Genesis and Exodus, there are two important characters in the bible that I often think about when I consider godly success. They are Joseph & Moses. Both of them were influential and successful figures in God’s unfolding plan for the Israelites, yet they have contrasting personal journeys to achieving their purpose. Joseph went from the wilderness to the Palace of Egypt and Moses went from the Palace of Egypt to the wilderness.

In our modern-day eyes, Joseph would be perhaps considered to be the more successful of the two, however, we know that both of them are patriarchs of the Israelites and both of their contributions were valuable to deliver the people of Israel from great suffering.

From this biblical example, we can see that the measure of success is a variable, depending on God’s will and purpose for an individual and His larger purpose for the family, church, nation and world. Therefore, an individual on their journey may seem temporarily “unsuccessful” to the human perception but is perfectly in sync with God’s plan. The reverse is also true; an individual may seem “successful” to the human perception but is completely out of sync with God. Consequently, it is vital to consider God’s purpose before we make judgements or comparisons on success.

Morayo explains that in this social media age, it is easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to other people’s highlight reels as a measure of success. However, for each person to truly evaluate their success they must look inward to their highest values. For people of faith, that means obedience to God. She also explains that we need to count the cost as often success in one area may come at the expense of another. This is why for us as Christians, it is so vital that we are doing God’s will so that our success does not come at the cost of something that is crucial to God’s plan.

Just before doing the podcast, I was watching the Prince of Egypt with my family and I was once again struck by the advice that Moses’ father-in-law Jethro gives him in the form of a song written by Brian Stokes Mitchell that I have chosen for this week’s modern-day psalm. You can find the link here and it has been added to our Spotify playlist.

For me, my highest values are kingdom values. Is what I am doing righteous? Does it bring me peace? And does it give me joy? Above all does it give glory to God? These are the values by which I live my life and are my measure of success.

We would love to hear from you. What is your measure of success?

Through Heaven’s Eyes

A single thread in a tapestry
Though its color brightly shine
Can never see its purpose
In the pattern of the grand design

And the stone that sits on the very top
Of the mountain’s mighty face
Does it think it’s more important
Than the stones that form the base?

So how can you see what your life is worth
Or where your value lies?
You can never see through the eyes of man
You must look at your life

Look at your life through heaven’s eyes

A lake of gold in the desert sand
Is less than a cool fresh spring
And to one lost sheep, a shepherd boy
Is greater than the richest king
If a man lose ev’rything he owns
Has he truly lost his worth?
Or is it the beginning
Of a new and brighter birth?

So how do you measure the worth of a man
In wealth or strength or size?
In how much he gained or how much he gave?
The answer will come
The answer will come to him who tries
To look at his life through heaven’s eyes

No life can escape being blown about
By the winds of change and chance
And though you never know all the steps
You must learn to join the dance

So how do you judge what a man is worth
By what he builds or buys?
You can never see with your eyes on earth
Look through heaven’s eyes
Look at your life
Look at your life
Look at your life through heaven’s eyes

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  1. In agreement and addition to what’s been said, success is achieved when we fulfill God’s desire .. those moments when we “..have come to the kingdom for such a time as this”
    Esther 4:14 (NKJV)

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