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The Deception of Success and the Significance of Divine Purpose




Hello, dear readers! Today, we are delving into a profound reflection on success and failure, inspired by the powerful words of author Myles Munroe and the teachings of Pastor Ivan Méndez. So, get ready to explore how success can be deceiving and how discovering our divine purpose can be the key to a fulfilling and meaningful life.


In his book "Inner Greatness," Myles Munroe presents a powerful statement: "The greatest failure in life is to be successful in the wrong assignment." These words prompt us to contemplate the true meaning of success and how we might be chasing goals that aren't aligned with our purpose and calling.


The word of God reveals that our ability to distinguish between good and evil is limited. If that's the case, how can we be certain of discerning what is right and good? This is where the importance of meditating on the Word of God comes into play. It's not just about reading it, but immersing ourselves in it, reflecting on it, and allowing it to guide us in our decisions and actions.


In a world where success is measured in various ways, it's crucial to question how we define success. Society and the system we live in can influence us, leading us to believe that certain achievements will make us truly successful. However, Pastor Ivan Méndez challenges us to examine why individuals who seemingly attain success end up struggling with emotional issues like depression, anxiety, and in extreme cases, even suicide.


The answer, according to Pastor Ivan, lies in the lack of connection to our divine purpose. Superficial success based on worldly standards can lead us down paths that aren't in line with God's will for our lives. Essentially, we might be doing "good" things in the eyes of others and ourselves, but if they aren't what God has directed us to do, we could be falling into disobedience, which is, in itself, an act of rebellion.


In the biblical story of Saul, we witness a vivid example of how disobedience to divine commands can have severe consequences. Saul was a king who received a specific order from God to exterminate an enemy nation along with everything related to it. However, he spared the enemy king's life and kept the best animals to offer them as a sacrifice to God. Though this may have seemed like a pious gesture, it went against God's will.


This account leads us to a powerful conclusion: we must assess our actions and decisions for alignment with divine will. We might be doing "good" things, but if they aren't what God has instructed, we're disobeying. As we see in the quoted scripture from 1 Samuel 12:15, disobedience can have negative consequences, not only for us but also for future generations.


In summary, success is more than meets the eye. To achieve lasting and genuine success, we must seek and embrace our divine purpose. Meditating on the Word of God will guide us on this journey, helping us discern between what is merely "good" and what is genuinely right according to God's plans for us. Through Saul's story, we learn that obedience to divine commands is crucial, and veering from that path can lead to serious repercussions.


So, dear readers, I invite you to reflect on your goals, decisions, and actions. Are they aligned with your divine purpose? Remember, the most significant success comes from following the path God has laid out for us. Until our next reflection!


Written by Wilmer López, based on the sermon of August 19, 2023

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