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God's definition of success!

Chris Stals Kheswa (ZE 2) Novice

Genesis 39:1-2 "And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain and chief executioner of the [royal] guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian." Amplified


God's definition of success is contrary to the world's definition. The world measures success based on what you have done, what you have accomplished and what you have accumulated. It is based entirely on YOU focusing all your time, energy and resources in meriting titles and collecting accomplishments.


But God looks at it differently; from the scripture above, it is clear that success is not WHAT you have, but WHO you have. Joseph literally had nothing materially, but at the same time God had this witness about him " and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man" What made God say Joseph was a successful and prosperous man though he had nothing? Look at the phrase just before that "But the Lord was with Joseph"


The material things that you have accumulated or are feverishly trying to amass do not make you a success. It is the presence of the Lord in your life that makes you a success! We need to learn to stop pursuing things and to start pursuing Him. God sees your relationship with Him as the only thing that you need for every success in your life. NOW because He is with and in you,  YOU ARE ALREADY A SUCCESS! When you have Jesus in your life, you are no longer trying to be a success, YOU ARE A SUCCESS.


No wonder Paul says in Colossians 1:26-27 "The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, WHICH IS CHRIST WITHIN AND AMONG YOU, the hope of [realizing the] glory." Amplified


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