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Two Realities About Success

“At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, "God is with you in all that you do.” Genesis 21:22

Abimelech was king of a land called Garar, which Abraham passed through. In Genesis 20, we learn that he is God-fearing man. Abimelech looked at Abraham’s life and saw the marks of a successful person in his time: extensive livestock, tons of people traveling with him, an abundance of money. He saw Abraham’s success and gave the credit to God.

A reality displayed in this verse is that God truly is the one who hands out success. This means any power, money, or reputation that anyone has- believer or non-believer -is due to God’s provision. Think of someone you know who is influential or wealthy. They got that from God. We can get uneasy with this concept as we see people who disregard God prosper. But even their success is from God. Their success may be a judgement; they are being turned over to the desires of their flesh, receiving their “reward” and “good things” on earth alone. Their success may be a blessing; they may come to faith in Jesus Christ and one day glorify God for His provision.

A second reality we can see in this verse is that our faithfulness with our resources can cause others to give the credit to God. This matters because the single greatest outcome of anything in our lives is that God would receive glory. Abraham wasn't perfect, but perhaps the way he lived his life and stewarded his resources guided Abimelech’s assessment of Abraham’s influence. It would be so good for our souls to live in such a way that God gets credit for our success. Willingness to give and take risks for God, as well as a healthy balance of work to rest, are all marks of faithfulness in success.

Ask yourself how you really view success. Do you believe that it is only from God? Ask God to bless you with success in this life for his glory and to show you how to be faithful in any success you have.

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Holy to the Lord

It’s mind-boggling to think that every human being we meet is made in the image and likeness of God. Whether they know it or not. Whether they believe it or not. The truth is always the truth and it doesn’t take a vote to see who agrees.

But for Christians, the description goes deeper. In Exodus 28, we read about the priestly garments for Aaron and his sons. A skillfully crafted breastpiece, ephod, robe, coat of checker work, turban, and sash made with gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. They are “skillfully worked” and “skillfully woven.” Precious stones on the ephod and breastpiece.

And then we come to the last piece. A highly significant piece. Verse 36-38 - “You shall make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet, ‘Holy to the Lord’ … It shall regularly be on his forehead….”

I wonder how our lives would change if we could see each Christian we meet as “Holy to the LORD.” We know God has a plan and purpose for each one (Jer. 29:11) and has imparted at least one spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12) to them. What if we walked into church on Sunday, and we imagined “Holy to the LORD” on the foreheads of the ushers, Vertical kids, greeters, worship team, people in the seats all around us? Because of the blood of Jesus, every true believer is made “Holy to the LORD.” Father, give us eyes to see.

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