The Danger of Success

The Danger of Success

Revelations 3:17 You say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

When in life have you pursued God with the most intensity? Was it during Good times or bad? I have no doubt that I have pursued God with the most passion when my life was the most chaotic. Success has never motivated me like disaster does. It has been in my desperate need that I have pursued God most desperately.

The truth is, I am always in need. I just get distracted by success. Prosperity does not alleviate my need for God. It just blinds me to it. I am always in desperate need.

The poor in spirit are blessed (Matthew 5:3) because they see their poverty and their need for God. The difference between apparently successful people and those whose life is a disaster, is not how much they need God, it is in how much they see that need.

I do not have to seek out a new life disaster to find God. My need is as far away as my honesty about my infinite defects. No one likes to be in constant need, but as long as I am in this flesh, I will have a continual supply of it. With honesty and humility, I can use my defects to keep me focused on God. When I see my defect as that which drives me to my knees before Him, I can embrace it and be thankful for it. As it turns out, I need my need.

I spend very little time trying to convince others of a need for God. If a man does not see a need for God, then he just does not need Him. I am not going to try to convince him otherwise. I will share God’s love and healing with those who are desperate for it though. To do so, I must remain continually aware of my own defect and use that need to keep me clinging to God.


This is a rerun/revision of November 9th, 2016.

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  1. Renee Garrick says:

    “I need my need”: never before have I thought of it like that.

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