Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #91, CT #1171
GOD'S STANDARD FOR SUCCESS
In the Toronto Star, dated October 14, 1976, there's a statement by
Elton John, one of the most adulated pop stars, one of the biggest money
makers of the last three years:
"I am at the cross roads. I am getting out. I mean, I
cannot cope. I get depressed. I don't think anyone
knows the real me. I don't even think I do. I crave to
be loved. I have to have a person in my life."
People look at him and say, "He has got it. He has arrived. What more
could he ask? Well, what is he asking? The world would say that Elton John
was successful. I believe God has a different criteria. God's success is
what the Bible calls "a good success." In Joshua 1:8, God promised Joshua
and his people, "If you follow certain things, thou shalt have good success."
What is success? The world has a double standard. It says, "Success
is setting a goal for something and then accomplishing it." God has another
standard. The world says, "Anything that succeeds, succeeds." Someone
else has said, "There's nothing like success. Success breeds success" but
that's a fallacy. It's not so much arriving, it's the motive behind the
success that counts. What the world may call successful, God may say is a
failure. And what the world says is a failure, God may say is success. It's
very important to understand what success really is.
Is a politician successful, who compromises his basic Christian con-
victions and integrity in order to attain a political post, or who maintains
a silence when the people say, "Speak up for integrity"?
I was glad to see that in my home town the mayor marched with three
thousand Christians down to a section of Nashville, Tennessee where pornography,
adult bookstores and prostitution are rampant, and knelt and prayed and asked
God to do something. Being an el ...
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