Day 19: Success and rewards

Jesus will never say, "Well done, my good and successful servant." - J. R. Briggs

It's so tempting to look for my value in success. I feel unsuccessful at parties, at impressing people, at being outgoing, at always having something to say. When I'm reminded that all of these qualities have pros and cons, it's tempting to disregard the abilities I do have because they are not valued as much by our culture.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. - 1 Timothy 6:17-19

I am one of the rich people in the world. By being born in America, I have been blessed with more opportunities, more resources, more education than many others. Yet it's so tempting to feel inadequate, that life would be better if I had more money, more stuff, more friends, more influence. That God wants that for me, and I am failing because I don't have it.

We can be humble only when we know that we are God's children, of infinite value, and eternally loved. - Madeleine L'Engle

It's not our work, our winsome personalities, our good deeds that qualify us. It's Christ's sacrifice and God's love.

Where do you look to for your value?

How does chasing worldly success distract you from God?