When we talk about success in the church, some people believe that God wants us to be wildly prosperous because it shows us to be richly blessed. Yet, others believe that giving up everything and living in poverty will bring you closer to God.
As Pastor Tim shared in his message, Living the Dream: Becoming Insanely Successful, God isn’t interested in the size of your bank account. What matters to God is the motive of your heart.
In the story in Daniel 4, the problem with King Nebuchadnezzar was not that he had become successful; it was that he had forgot who brought him that success.
Daniel 4:30 “He said, ‘Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?'”
The king’s sin was his pride. In a Godless culture, there is a temptation to claim success for ourselves and to feed our pride. We want to take credit for our success, but then blame God for our failures. What we need to understand is that the sovereignty of God applies to whether you are staring into the furnace or staring down success.
The King learned the hard way that we can chose to humble ourselves before God, or God will humble us! Pastor Tim shared the key: “A humble attitude is a heart of gratitude.” The truth is you can’t worship God and worship yourself at the same time.
At the conclusion of this week’s message, Pastor Tim issued a challenge. The first step to humility is to have a grateful heart. He asked us all to turn our eyes towards God and thank Him for what He has done.
Do you have a grateful heart? What do you want to thank God for this week?