Our modern world encourages personal success. Women no longer feel content to stay at home as full-time wives and mothers, but now strive for professional careers. Education is pushed at us from the time we can talk so that we blindly press toward our personal successes in our chosen careers. We’re expected to save so that when we retire, everything we’ve worked for will be ours; we will have reached our goals. Yet, this all goes to naught when we die because everything we worked for here on earth belongs on earth, and when we stand before Christ it will all be burned in the fire.
God is going to ask us what we did for Him while we were on earth—not what we did for ourselves and not what we “thought” He wanted us to do—but what we did for the Kingdom of God. Did we feed the poor, pray for the sick or visit those in bondage? Did we give our thoughts and our time to sharing the gospel with others as He commanded us so others could be saved?
The spirit of anti-Christ is ever growing around us and has convinced even many Christians that life is about working hard and being a success in the eyes of the world. We want to have the prestigious home, the luxury car, the brand-name clothes and the extravagant holidays to brag about. The world calls this success, but God calls it foolishness.
The devil’s mandate is to keep people away from God by occupying their thoughts with their own desires. And with the concept of “Christianity” now being a term that is used for anyone who believes in God, whether it’s the God of Heaven or the god of their desires, it has become really easy for people to assume that the riches of this world are God’s blessing to them.
And God does bless those who love Him because He knows their heart and that the blessings He gives them will be appreciated as gifts and nothing more. But the devil knows the weakness of people and so he provides every means whereby their lusts can be fulfilled through things, money, career success, and human recognition. They become self-centered and are turned away from wanting God at all. And this is just what the ruler of this world wants. But, it will be his followers’ biggest regret!
- For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.—1Timothy 6:10
Our rewards are in Heaven, and we earn them by doing God’s will here on earth. God tells us clearly that we aren’t to store up for ourselves treasures here on earth. We won’t be thanked or praised or recognized for spending all of our time and thoughts on ourselves so that we could be rich here.
- Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.—Matthew 6:19-21
When we get saved we become citizens of Heaven. Jesus is the king and His Spirit lives in us and we are His kingdom. We no longer belong to this world where Satan is ruler and where we serve him by serving ourselves. As a member of this world, people’s lives are limited to this world and all the praise and glory and recognition stays right here with this world. It has no place in Heaven because the devil is not in Heaven.
Our rewards—our treasures—our goals—our successes here on earth are all to the glory of Christ Jesus! And so whatever we do here on earth and whatever we accomplish are to glorify Him. Jesus Christ our King gave His life to save ours and all He asks of us is that we show our love to Him by loving others and sharing His salvation message with them.
- And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.’—Mark 12:29-31
Our love for God encourages us to fulfill His desire for us; a goal that marks our success!
- And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.—Mark 16:15
We will all stand before God on Judgment Day and He will look at what we’ve done with our time and with our talents, and He will burn up what belongs to this world and not to Him. And we will be rewarded for what we have done for Him and through Him.
What gift can we give our King?
We give Him our crowns that we have earned by loving Him, obeying Him and winning souls for Him. There is no greater gift that we can give to Him than these.
These are the treasures we should be working towards. These are what Christians should focus on; these should be our benchmark for success—our crowns that we can lay at Jesus’ feet.
- Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.—Matthew 25:34-36, 45
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