Hi everybody, I have something to say and also ask. There are two types of people in this world. One who believes God(Jesus) and other who don’t. Those people who do not believe in God are self made billionaire or they are in high position even they are famous.( because they work hard to achieve their dream and they don’t have time for godly things)but those who do believe in God(Jesus) they are neither famous nor powerful, we suffer the most, since we do not have the capability to be a famous or something greater we have time for godly things( like searching god, trying to believe something, which is not in the case of big peoples of the world). Have you ever heard from any big people they are today whatever it’s because of god. Don’t you people think we are trying to comfort ourselves because we are not able to achieve anything in our lives by trying to believe in God and blah blah blah. World is run by 90 percentage of people who don’t even care about God or his existence because they are famous and don’t have time for all this stupid stuffs. Only we people who don’t have any other work just to comfort ourselves we are trying to find God and blah blah blah. Today the advancement of technology which has made our lives easy are all because of this big people who don’t give damn about his existence(God). Don’t you people think we are stupid to believe in what we believe. I was being troubled by these thoughts hence I wanted to share. Do share your opinion and thoughts.
@purposeseven_7 Here are a few thoughts to ponder. Also, I think you have created a false dichotomy - there are believers in Christ who are successful in this world and there are many unbelievers who are unsuccessful. Believing in God does not prevent us from being successful, though it may result in persecution in this life and in that we rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer with Christ.
The Meaninglessness of Success in this World
Consider quotes from two unbelievers who recognized that success in this world has no real permanence. We are all, rich or poor, like the flowers of the field that fade away. We cannot take anything with us - our riches or our fame - when we die.
Thomas Nagel - Even if you produce a great work of literature that is read for thousands of years - eventually the solar system will cool or the universe wind down and all traces of your effort will vanish. It wouldn’t matter if you had never existed. And after you die, it won’t matter that you did exist.
Mark Twain, became morose and weary of life. Shortly before his death, he wrote, “A myriad of men are born; they labor and sweat and struggle;…they squabble and scold and fight; they scramble for little mean advantages over each other; age creeps upon them; infirmities follow; …those they love are taken from them, and the joy of life is turned to aching grief. In the end they vanish from a world where they were of no consequence,…a world which will lament them a day and forget them forever.”
God’s Kingdom Versus the Kingdom of This World
Success in God’s eternal Kingdom does not look like success in this world. Jesus’ Kingdom is an upside down Kingdom where the first are last and the last are first, where the poor beggar Lazarus is exalted and the rich man brought low, where people are judged by the secrets of their heart and not by their worldly success or fame.
Success in this upside-down kingdom isn’t always tangible. You can’t measure a changed heart. You can’t quantify grace. God doesn’t run metrics on the performance, power or position of His children. Success in the kingdom is focused more on faithful obedience than it is on outcomes. Success might not always look like an influential platform, worldwide ministry or mega church. In fact, this may be the exception rather than the rule. We talk about the “one life changed” but do we really consider that success? Are we willing to write a blog post if only one person were changed? Are we willing to plant a church if only one person was saved? Jesus talks of leaving the 99 for the 1 sheep. This is the culture of the kingdom.
I Corinthians 1:26-31 - Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Hebrews 11:1-2,37-38,12:1-3 - Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for…They were put to death by stoning they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground…Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.