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The True Measure Of Success

Updated on April 15, 2011

TRUE MEASURE OF SUCCESS

“Beware ! Don’t be greedy for what you don’t have. Real life is not measured by how much we own.”

Luke 12: 15

Success in the world system is measured by how much wealth one has accumulated. The rich people are considered as the most successful. This is the main driving force behind everyman’s hardwork. Hardwork is good and highly commended in the Bible but it should not be used as a means to satisfy one’s covetousness.

The rich are highly honored in the world. They are given the best seat wherever they go. They are highly esteemed people. They live in the most expensive communities and villages. They drive the most expensive cars. They are dressed with the most expensive wardrobe. They eat the best cuisine. No wonder it becomes everyone’s dream to be rich.

So covetousness becomes the driving force behind hardwork. So every people in the world covet the lifestyle of the rich. So many people become discontented in their life, dissatisfied with just having the basic things in life. So they pursue for their worldly ambitions and turn away from the ways of God.

But Jesus says, “Real life is not measured by how much we own.” In Jesus mindset to become rich is not synanimous to being successful.For Him, success is not measured by the worldly standard. What is then the true measure of success ? It is written in I John 2:17 :

“And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.”

Everything in the world, all the things it crave such as wealth,material possessions, money, position,power,prestige,etc. are all bound to fade away. The world system is not meant to last forever. There will be an end for everything. Worldly success is not bound for eternity for one day God will judge the world and will destroy it. Those who hold on to the things the world give will be greatly frustrated.

And who will remain forever ? According to the passage those who do the will of God will live forever.Can you count on to your earthly wealth to make you live forever ? Even the world’s richest people have no power to make themselves live forever. Their vast wealth cannot make them live for eternity. When they die,they cannot bring their wealth to their tombs. They have to pass it to somebody else, to their next generation.

Can we then consider worldly wealth as a measure of success if it has no power to make us live for eternity. Therefore the measure of success is based upon whether you have fulfilled the ”Will of God” in your own life for this will make us live forever. You can say that you are successful then if at the end of your life you can pronounce what apostle Paul has said before he died: “I have fought a good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

Apostle Paul was able to say this because he was able to fulfill the mission God entrusted to him. He was able to do the “will of God” in his life therefore Paul’s life is indeed a great success.

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      cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

      Hi the girls great to see you on this hub. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Blessings to you always and regards.

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      cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

      Hi the girls great to see you on this hub. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Blessings to you always and regards.

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I agree, real success is not measured by how much wealth you have amassed in a lifetime. As we all know, we can't bring gold to the grave. Though we desire to live a comfortable life, what matters in the end is how peaceful and happy we feel inside... Blessings to you Christina327!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Very true.

      The riches of the heart are the best riches. And, God gives those out in unlimted suppy.

      God bless you.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      HI teaches12345 Thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. It is highly appreciated. Only in fulfilling God's purposes for our lives we will find true success that may last for eternity. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the reminder of what it is to really live. Success is not measured by money or fame. It is simply living our your life with purpose in serving Christ.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      Never in the history of mankind has the collective consciousness mankind been brought together as it is today! People everywhere are finally communicating as never before. The voice and spirit of God is rising. The forces of evil will be vanquished. A new day is coming....keep the faith!

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      HI lambservant it is great to hear from you. Thank you for gracing and appreciating this hub. Thank you also for the vote. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Hi cellebrate it is great to hear from you. Thank you for dropping by. Blessings to you always and best regards.

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      Cellebrate! 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      In full agreement!

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      Lori Colbo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Well spoken. True success is glorifying God with our lives. I have even heard of people saying things like, "He is a successful pastor." I think I know what they are saying, but it is not the Pastor who is a success it's the Lord. And too often the pastor is considered "successful" if he has thousands attending his church. I think winsome nailed by saying that a true indicator of success is faithfulness. Great hub voted up and awesome.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      HI beleza it is great to hear from you. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Blessings to you always and regards.

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      beleza 6 years ago

      Wise words!!! Voted up, love it!

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      vellos 6 years ago

      Well put without sounding "preachy".

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      Arturo 6 years ago

      Good article!

      Material things stay in this world after death.

      It is better to have a better goal. Following the commandments, and taking Jesus a a role model.

      Appreciate what you have and give thanks. I've found that instead of wanting and desiring all the time, it is important to have a balance and find out what you can give instead for a better world.

      Best Regards

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      cristina327 7 years ago from Manila

      Thank you Winsome for visiting this hub. Your comment is greatly appreciated. Regards.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hey Cristina, while it is true that wealth is not God's indicator of success, faithfulness is. "You have been faithful over a few things, I will give you responsibility over many things." As my brother often says, it is not what you have but who owns it--as long as we know God owns everything we have, we have the responsibility as stewards to use it wisely and profitably. I just keep thinking "pipes that flow, not cisterns that merely store." Blessings

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      JPSO138 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Very nice article indeed. I love it!

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      cristina327 9 years ago from Manila

      Yes we should strive to do our best for God'ss greater glory.

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      Peter M. Lopez 9 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Paul is probably the most successful person in the history of Christianity, Jesus excluded, of course. We should all strive for that kind of success.

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      cristina327 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Wehzo for appreciating it.

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      Wehzo 9 years ago

      Another great hub Cristina327. You are absolutely right, success is not measured by money or material things, but by things of the heart.

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      cristina327 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Dottie 1, Compu-smart, Soyelude for the kind remarks. Truly Jesus lived a very short life here on earth but his life is a great success for He was able to accomplish the will of God in His brief life. It does not matter whether your life is short or long, the thing that matters is whether you have accomplished God's will in your life.

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      soyelude 9 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      Great hub Cristina...success is a journey not an end in itself. It's the little and meaningful things we do each day as we live our lives that also count. Jesus lived for about 33 years, yet his success on earth as the medium of salvation, is a legacy left from a death for humanity for all eternity. No amount of wealth/success can match that!

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      Another great hub with words always writen from your heart:)

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      We are "Believers" not "Achievers". Love your writing. Thank you.

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      cristina327 9 years ago from Manila

      Thanks MrMarmalade for appreciating it. I wish you well too and best regards.

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      I agree with you and wish you well

      Thank you