How can you evaluate the success of your life if you don’t know the purpose of your life?
Success in the workplace is meaningful and important, but what about success across the full spectrum of your life including family, friends, and community? What about your well-being, values, and relationship with God? Are people still successful if they are excelling at work yet failing God and others?
What’s the standard?
The good news is God defines what is or is not a successful way to live. He literally wrote the book on successful living, and in 1 Corinthians 10:31 God declares, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
The purpose of your life is to glorify God.
This is why you were born. God calls you to glorify him in whatever you do. No matter what is going on in your life—in the easy times and in the difficult times, in joy or in sorrow, in wealth or in need—do it all for the glory of God.
The truly successful person knows God, obeys God, and glorifies him in every realm of life.
To glorify God is to manifest his character. Whether you are a trainee in a cubicle or at the top of your profession in a corner office, it’s the same to God. Manifest his character and do all things his way.
Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him.”
The best way to glorify God is to be like his Son, Jesus.
Hebrews 1:3 declares, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.”
Jesus tells us in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit.” God’s fruit is always good fruit. Work hard, put in the hours, and achieve success in your career, but don’t turn your back on the rest of God’s creation or sell your soul in the process.
Life is bigger than your current job or your next promotion. Balance your life’s priorities with an all-encompassing perspective that glorifies God.
In his book, God at Work, David Miller shares the following comments from a successful business professional who was reflecting on his career:
I have worked hard to reach the pinnacle of my profession. I have more money than God, yet I am unfulfilled. My marriage is a shambles. I hardly know my kids, and when I look in the mirror, I wonder where the man went who so idealistically graduated from college thirty years ago and was ready to make his mark on the world.
This man doesn’t know the purpose of his life. He thinks success in just one area of life—i.e., career—leads to success in every area. It doesn’t. This man needs to correct his understanding of what it takes to live successfully. He, just like all of us, needs Jesus Christ.
To glorify Jesus Christ in every realm of life is to be successful in every realm of life.