Posted: March 28, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

– Mark 5:34b NIV

The world’s standard of success equates to wealth, fame, celebrity, acclaim, popularity and status. There may be others, but that’s what comes to mind. From the perspective of heaven, what does success look like? Moses led the Israelites from captivity to the doorstep of prosperity, but was not allowed to go in. Was he successful in life? Samson was predestined from birth to be a judge and ‘savior’ of his people from the hand of the Philistines who were enemies of Israel. According to scripture, Samson killed more Philistines in what some have suggested was an untimely death than when he lived. Did Samson experience success?

From a worldly perspective, Tiger Woods, Whitney Houston, Mel Gibson and countless other entertainers, athletes and prominent people in society, whose names we often hear associated with success, have achieved much. What they all have in common with us, is the unescapable reality that there are some things in life fame, fortune and status will not be able to afford us.

Mark’s account of the sick woman tells us she had some level of financial prosperity that she invested in finding a cure for her ailment, but she did not succeed with her wealth to acquire what God provides. Her status in life allowed her access to doctors, but her status did not afford her the cure for her illness she sought for from doctors. Deep within her soul, the sick woman felt a prompting, even after 12 years of suffering, depletion of resources and disappointment to use her remaining resources of hope and faith and invest them in Christ. Her hope and faith became the means by which she would experience the success God promises to those who seek after Him.

Faith in Christ allows me to encounter the realm of the supernatural power of God beyond the point where fame, fortune and status can take me. The same power she felt within herself that prompted her to move from her place of disappointment and depletion towards the breakthrough to healing, the sick woman felt that power perform the miraculous when she finally pressed her way through to Christ! “Because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’ Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” – Mark 5:28-29 NIV

I may never encounter the level of success, from the world’s perspective, achieved by those like Tiger Woods, Whitney Houston, Mel Gibson and others, but the success of the sick woman encourages me and gives me hope that success is attainable when I keep my hope in God to do what is impossible for me to do on my own. Sincere faith, and hope in God, will cause me to move towards Christ, towards the fullness of life He came for me to have. Christ came for me to experience what the sick woman encountered. There are countless people who have encountered fame, fortune and status, but do not have access to what is afforded believers through the privilege of faith in Jesus Christ. I don’t have to seek success in the way the world seeks after it, I just need to seek after Christ and place my hopes, dreams and aspirations into His hands and apply myself allowing grace to carry me towards fulfillment and prosperity.

Success is relative. Success is inevitable for the sincere seeker. From heaven’s perspective success begins with faith, because man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. This is why Jesus can say that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. A Christian’s perspective of success will ultimately determine their effectiveness in fulfilling the mission of being a follower of Christ. There are great Halls of Fame to honor all manner of worldly success and achievement. From heaven’s perspective, it is hearing the voice of affirmation from our heavenly Father say to us, ‘Well done, thy good and faithful servant.’

May God bless you and help you to press, push and persevere, with hope in Him, for the miraculous and encounter the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

  1. I found your post very inspirational. God does look at the heart. Man often gets it all messed up. Thank you for sharing your wonderful article.


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