Jesus Talks About Success – John 4:37-38

Oftentimes we look at leaders, heroes, or ourselves and see success, then we attribute that to the individual. Foolishness on several parts…

Heroes are not a gift from God, they are our attempt to supplant God yet again.  They are idols we want to be, be like, and worship instead of God. We want these heroes to save us, solve our problems, and we look to them for life’s most difficult questions although they have no authority to speak on such things.  Here as how the true King responded to fame and power, “So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15).

The other mistake is assuming their success is a result of their merits, effort, and ________ (insert leadership philosophy here).  Worse is when we think this of ourselves because we’ve had more success than the next guy, we had one or two great ideas, we have ‘followers,’ we have a platform.  A quick study:

Psalm 75:7 But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.

Daniel 2:21 It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.

Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

Acts 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

If you recognize that last one, you see the outlier. God gave Israel a hero because they rejected Him. He gave them what they wanted. That king he gave them, from humble beginnings, started to believe in himself, to fear men, and became consumed with self-worship. 
One observation for the Christian, show the world, yourself, and God that you have your acknowledgments in proper place and worship in proper perspective.

Psalm 118:8-9 
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

God Bless,
King Family

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