Being Successful vs. Being Faithful


Someone watched Mother Teresa minister to the poorest of the poor, feeding and nursing those who were dying. He was so overwhelmed by what he saw that he asked Mother Teresa, how can you carry such a burden and not be broken by it? She replied and said, “I am not called to be successful but I am called to be faithful.”


Over the years and from time to time, I’ve reflected on Mother Teresa’s words, “I am not called to be successful but I am called to be faithful.” Wow! Is this not what God wants us to do in our journey of faith? So many times in our lives, we are almost “conditioned” to strive to be the best we can, to do the best we can and to attain the best we can. Why? Why? Because we long to be successful in our lives…in our family, in our school, in our work, in our church, in our interactions with people, in our society… Our young people talk a lot of success and they are driven to seek material success; success is measured by wealth. Sometimes, we are so driven and strive so hard to be successful even at the cost of neglecting and sacrificing our own treasured relationships with family and with God. Sadly, we end up paying a horrible price for it all…


If the truth were to be told at some point in our life’s journey, we’ve all failed God in terms of our genuine faithfulness to Him. We’ve all failed to be faithful to the tasks that’s before us; we’ve all been weak, lacking in our resolve and determination to do that which is right and just; we’ve lacked in our one hundred percent commitment to God and to our faith; we’ve repeatedly failed to go all out for God! But here is the good news: The Scripture says in 2 Timothy 2.13, even though we become faithless and failed God repeatedly, God always remains faithful; even when we are less than we should be, God continues to be all true… God’s relationship with us never changes. It is God’s very nature to be true and faithful.


There is not a day that goes by that I am not humbled by God’s amazing faithfulness; I am beyond thankful. Not only am I amazed and humbled, I am challenged every day to give my best; to give my all; to go ALL out for God and to do so unreservedly because God gave me God’s ALL.


Friends, as we move towards the Holy week and Easter, I want to challenge us to seriously think and pray about how we can grow more in our faithfulness to God. I encourage you to search your own heart. How can we become more faithful in our relationship, communication and prayer life with God? How can we become more faithful in our attendance of worship and fellowship with other members of the family of faith? How can we become more faithful in our acts of giving of our tithes, offerings, gifts and time to God? How can we become more faithful in actively serving and engaging ourselves through acts of witness and service to help our neighbor?


A beautiful hymn says it this way: “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassion's, they fail not. As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest. Sun, moon and stars in their courses above. Join with all nature in manifold witness. To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.”

Let’s take our example from God Himself. God’s faithful relationship with us never changes; God always remains faithful to us so much so that He gave his ALL to us. If so, why shouldn’t we remain faithful to God through our life and acts of service? Do we not owe our ALL to God?

Pastor Wesley SK Daniel

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