Signs of Success

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”  Romans 5:1.   

What gives you confidence to think that you are on the right track when it comes to following God? Church attendance? Successful career? Accumulating wealth? Finding the right partner? Having a family? These are not necessarily bad things, but these are not indicators that you are on the right track with God. Putting our confidence in earthly things to assess where we are at with God will not work.

In Ezekiel 24, we see that the siege finally comes to Jerusalem. The Jewish people, especially those in Exile saw the Jews left in Jerusalem as the lucky ones. They will be ok. The Jews in Jerusalem used the Holy Temple to assess and base their confidence on knowing they are on the right track and God is looking out for them. Jeremiah 7:4 says not to put your trust in the temple to define that you are all good with God. The presence of the temple was not a guarantee that they were saved from punishment. God had made it clear in Deuteronomy and Ezekiel 4 that the siege will take place against Jerusalem, as they have been unfaithful.

Today we can make excuses or gain false ideas on how we are saved with God. Just because you have a good life, does not mean you are saved, holy or divine. Rather, the Authority of the Word of God tells where we should base our confidence. It is all in what Jesus has done for us, and that God has sent His Spirit to open our hearts and minds. Do not assess the health of your faith in Jesus by the world’s standards. Rather, where are you at with Jesus? Jesus is standing with us, but are we standing with him - engaging the most important relationship of all?

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”  Romans 5:1.     

James