Even former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman is looking for purpose and real success. On the night of that first Super Bowl victory, he delayed attending a party with his teammates, instead ordering beer from room service and sitting alone in his hotel room for a couple of hours. “I kept thinking back to the time when I was a teenager how I thought that all my problems in my life would be solved the moment I turned sixteen and was able to get a car,” he recalls. “Well, here I was at the top of professional football, and I found myself thinking, ‘Now What? Now What?”
“Why would you feel that way?” A reporter Skip Hollandsworth asked. For several seconds, Aikman just stared. He appeared dumbfounded that anyone would even ask such an absurd question. “Well, isn’t that what it’s all about?” He asks. “To keep raising the bar for yourself?”
Is that what life is about? Is it raising the bar? Is it climbing to the top of the ladder?
Our world is so confused about what true success is. For most it means financial gain, having a well-rounded financial portfolio; to others, it involves climbing to the top of your profession; to others it means meeting the perfect mate, and we could go on and on.
However, the success that God is concerned about is spiritual. Spiritual progress is knowing Christ as your Savior and Lord. It means learning to live, so you achieve God’s “well done” at the end of your life.
(1 John 1:7 NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Dear friend, if you plan to be a spiritual success, you must be sure about your salvation. Settle it first! It would be a tragedy to place your ladder against the wall, climb higher and higher, spend years in the pursuit of happiness, and then discover, in the end, that your ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.
(1 John 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.