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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, March 12, 1997
Dear Colleagues,

“SUCCESS” IS A SEDUCTIVE MISTRESS

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Good Morning!

“Success” does indeed have its rewards. Therefore the temptation to parade the accouterments of achievement in front of others in order to garner their admiration is almost irresistible!  After all,

“If  you’ve got it, FLAUNT IT!”  (But subtly, of course.)

Let’s just admit that it’s hard to be humble when you’re soooo good!

God is not against success. But He is against pride. And the pride that often accompanies our success can indeed be seductive.

Take for example the experiences of:

Uzziah: 

“But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God….”  (2 Chron. 26:16)

Rehoboam:

After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the Lord.”  (2 Chron. 12:1)

Jeshurun:

Jeshurun grew fat…filled with food…heavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior”  (Deut. 32:15)

Because “SUCCESS”  IS A SEDUCTIVE MISTRESS we would be wise to heed old sage King Solomon — who himself was seduced by his success — when he prayed,

“…Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.  Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”  (Prov. 30:8, 9)

QUESTIONHow well are you handling your “success” in the eyes of the Lord Jesus? 

Is He pleased as He observes you, His humble, self-sacrificing, and gracious servant? Or,

Is He grieved by a pride-ridden life that is locked on to spiritual cruise-control?

 

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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