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Live Your Christianity as a Religion of Faithfulness

October 25, 2010

The passion for success constantly becomes a spiritual problem–really, a lapse into idolatry–in the lives of God’s servants today.  To want to succeed in things that matter is of course natural, and not wrong in itself, but to feel that one must at all costs be able to project oneself to others as a success is an almost demonized state of mind, from which deliverance is needed.

The world’s idea that everyone, from childhood up, should be able to succeed at all times in measurable ways, and that it is a great disgrace not to, hangs over the Christian community like a pall of acrid smoke…

The way of health and humility is for us to admit to ourselves that in the final analysis we do not and cannot know the measure of our success as God sees it.  Wisdom says: leave success ratings to God, and live your Christianity as a religion of faithfulness rather than an idolatry of achievement.

– J.I. Packer, A Passion for Faithfulness, p. 205, 206, 209

HT: The Blazing Center

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