“…what matters in life is not so much what we do. What matters most is what God chooses to do through us.” Charles “Chuck” Colson.
Our culture is enamored with success. With some areas of success come fame, witness athletes, authors, movie directors, musicians, and many others. Part of the equation of cultural success is having enough people know of your success. Those previously mentioned have the advantage of notoriety to disseminate their achievements.
But one thing underlies all those accomplishments and our recognition of them: the centering of the recognition on the person, on what they have done. Colsons words speak to another metric. He suggests gauging your success on how good a vessel you are for God’s actions. It is reminiscent of Romans 9:23-24
“in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory–even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?” Romans 9:23-24
This is because it is God who is the potter, the one fashioning our vessel.
“Hath not the potter power over the clay?” Romans 9:21a
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” Jeremiah 8:16
“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isaiah 64:8
What matters to you in life? How do you measure success? Hat Tip to Dawn Treader.