Thursday, May 19, 2016

Not Called to Success

Holland State Park, Michigan

As Jesus-followers we are freed from striving to make something happen. Instead, we are called to abide in Christ, who makes all things happen.

What we are to do, primordially, is trust Christ. All who trust Christ will live plentiful, fruit-bearing lives. But this will have nothing to do with the American Success Culture which find their meaning on punishing honor-shame hierarchies. As Mother Teresa rightly observed:

"I'm not called to be successful; I'm called to be faithful."
- Mother Teresa, in Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation, 29

Be faithful, and leave the results to God. Because it's really all about His fame and for His name's sake.