All of us are drawn to success, like a moth to light.
Maybe you’re young and brimming with ambition. Maybe you’re young and struggling. Maybe you’ve already accomplished enough to last a lifetime. Maybe you’re stunned to find out how empty it is at the top. Pop legend Madonna describes the seduction of success in her own words.
‘I have an iron will, and all of my will has been to conquer some horrible feeling of inadequacy… I push past one spell of it and discover myself as a special human being and then I get to another stage and think I’m mediocre and uninteresting… Again and again. My drive in life is from this horrible fear of mediocre. And that’s always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I have become Somebody, I still have to prove that I’m Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will.’
Whoever you are, it can be easy to get caught up in the trap of success as we can confuse success with fame, notoriety and power.
However, Jesus says; ‘If you want to be great, you should be a servant of all’. Matt 20:26. I don’t believe Jesus is against greatness or success but he says redefine it! –Jesus doesn’t want us to settle at mediocrity but instead calls us to a different path of success. A path that doesn’t begin with our ambition, BUT GOD’S AMBITION FOR US!
This Sunday we will look at Naaman in the Bible, who was an incredibly successful man yet he was a ‘dead man walking’. In advance of Sunday I encourage you to read 2 Kings 5 and prayerfully ask; ‘Lord what would you have to say to me through this story?’ When we consider counterfeit Gods or idols we need the work of the Holy Spirit in the unseen places of our hearts and lives.