Success vs. Presence

Tuesday's thought provoking quote:

It is possible to experience success and yet be void of God’s presence. If success is what is important to you, you may be tempted to choose accomplishments over your relationship with God.*

Most Christians, if asked, whether they value success or God's presence more would answer, "God's presence." We are smart enough to know that is the right answer. But, operationally that question is not so easy to answer.

In ministry, full-time or lay, it's easy to fall into this trap. We like the sense of accomplishment success brings. Soon ticking a box begins to replace intimacy of relationship. Self-reliance begins to be the norm as opposed to Holy Spirit-reliance.

Realistically answer these questions today:

Would you be satisfied to have success, power, and wealth, but not a relationship with God? Do you value God’s presence in your life more than the greatest achievements you could experience in the world?*

*Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-by-Day (Accordance electronic ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2006), n.p.


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