When I was a kid, my next-door neighbor got a metal detector for Christmas. He and I would spend hours searching all over the neighborhood for hidden treasures. I remember distinctly listening for the sound that meant some treasure was near. Granted, our “treasure” usually came in the form of a buried screw or bolt, but nevertheless we would order our steps and proceed, following the sound until it became constant.
Proverbs 2:4-5 has some things to say about searching for treasure: “And if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” In this passage Solomon is talking about the search we must embark upon to discover hidden treasures in God’s word. However, culture today is deeply engrossed in a different treasure hunt. This hunt comes in the form of questions like “Where can I find success” or “Whose approval do I seek.”
It seems today that many people are driven by these two things. They are totally consumed and preoccupied with the world’s standard for success. We’ve got to have it, whatever “it” is. Often times the “it” of success has nothing to do with God. We at times seem to run through life haphazardly in hopes that we uncover/discover success thereby receiving the approval of others.
As Christ followers, our standards should be different. We need to stop trying to find success without God leading the way. We need to stop following the whims of culture or our own pursuit of success, and start pursuing God. Matthew 6:33 teaches us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” We need to view success through God’s eyes. According to His word, when He becomes first everything else falls into place.
Let me further expound. When I as a pastor pursue success, I may achieve that success according to the world or even according to other pastors. As a mother, father, business person, or whatever you do, you may be a success according to the world’s standards. But none of us will really know if we are a success until we get to heaven. God’s gauge for success is whether or not we accomplished the things he designed in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10-For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do).
In other words, we should each focus on doing life the way that God has mapped out for us. In God’s kingdom success is always preceded by blessing! If you want to be a success be a blessing. According to God’s standards, we should find the treasures of His word and live those treasures out loud. We must realize God’s word gives us the equation for success through the opportunity to be a blessing to others. If we would only get into God’s word and discover His treasures, our success would be more than just earthly it would be eternal. Follow the sounds of God’s word and discover His treasure.