“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” – Westminster Catechism.
I have been reflecting on my ministry and my future, and it makes me wonder what I would call as the greatest achievement in my life. Yeah, I know it is a bit too early to think about life too seriously, but our deep reflection gives life its substance. Coming into ministry as a young student of life, I thought that the things that I would take to my death bed as my achievements would be to start revival in the youth, have great teaching series and being influential to the Chin youth. They sounded really good and they could be great motivations. After awhile, I realized that there is only one thing that is worth taking to my grave.
Like everything on earth, the pleasure of ministers can be very fleeting as well. They don’t last long, but they leave some of us empty afterward. If the goals are just to be someone used by God without having relationship with God, they rather suck the life out of the minister. If the goals are to be known by people, and yet not fully known by God, life can become full of darkness.
For me, my greatest success in life will be just to have a life-long relationship with Jesus. Nothing more and nothing less. Other things seem very little compared to just having a pure and genuine relationship with my Lord and my Savior.
During college, I talked to friends about our callings, and we could all be so caught up in the conversation. One of the wiser friend’s reply was rather discouraging and rebuking. He said, “Brothers, we are all called to have relationship with Jesus first, so I don’t think we need to worry so much about the secondaries.” Thinking about it now, it is an eye-opening and such a relief. Living in the narcissistic culture, where we are trying to make everything about us, Christianity speaks of different truth. The more we make life about ourselves, the more miserable we are going to be. The more we choose to lose life and carry our cross, we will actually find life.
We (or the whole world, if you prefer) cannot out-achieve Jesus, so know that we are more than a conqueror when we are connected with him.
Relationship with him is our greatest achievement only because He has won our hearts as His prize.
He will sustain us on this earth until we get home.
If we have put things other than having a relationship with Jesus to be our joy and success, let them be considered as a loss. The Gospel, in its core, is not about merely salvation to go to heaven, but God’s revelation for sinners to have a true relationship with their Creator.
What can be our greatest success as the postmodern people?
It is to be connected to the reality of God’s kingdom rather than falsified media.
It is to not measure our worth with our success in this life, but what Jesus did on the cross to carry us to the eternal life.
It is to know that everything is meaningless until we have a relationship with Jesus, who gives life its meaning because He is life.
John 15:5-6 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.