What A Man Says
The world that we live in is very clear about its definition of what success and power look like. When we think about success and power what does our society tell us? Typically, a person with success and power is thought to have two very distinct things, money and influence. They have money and therefore have the ability to purchase and own many things. They have fine houses, expensive cars, and wear the most fashionable clothes. They also have connections with all of the right people and when they need or want to make something happen, they simply call the people who are needed and things starts to get done. In fact, as we talk about people who are considered to be successful and powerful, I believe that many of you who are reading this have some people in your mind right now who seem to fit that mold. However, if we begin to consider success and power from a Biblical perspective, we will start to find a completely different picture of what success and power look like.
John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and was the one who was chosen to announce the coming of the Jesus. This was without a doubt a great calling and task and in fact, in Matthew 11 Jesus directly says that among all the people who have lived, there have been none greater than John the Baptist. No think about that for a second. Moses, Noah, Deborah, David, Sampson, Ruth, Daniel, Abraham, Esther, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua….. These are people who without a doubt are thought of as being some of the greatest people in the Bible and in history and yet, Jesus said that none were greater than John the Baptist?!? But John was considered an outcast in his day who walked about in clothes of camel hair and ate bugs. How it is possible that this person was the greatest? He demonstrated none of the qualities that this world says a person needs to have. He did not have money, he did not have possessions, and he did not have the social connections to make him popular.
You see, success and power in the Kingdom of God are gaged in a totally different way than they are by this world. It is not about how much you have, but how much you give. It is not about knowing the right people, but being in relationship with the King. It is not about how much influence you have, but about being an influence to others for Jesus. We are never called to be successful and powerful people, but instead we are called to submit the authority and will of Christ in our lives and to obey what He has called us to do. In fact it is in our weakness that His strength is truly demonstrated.
So I ask you as we close this message, what is the success that you are seeking? What kind of power do you desire? Do you seek the success and the power that this would want to give to you? Or do you seek to submit to the presence of Jesus Christ in your life?