In our aggressive society, we often picture a person who steadily grows his business career as “climbing the corporate ladder” meaning the “ladder of success”. This becomes the focus of too many Christians. Brother and sister, don’t become so set on climbing the steps up the company incline that you lose your bearings leaving your spouse in the wake of success and sacrificing your kids on the altar of commercial responsibilities. I get it…top level execs and sr. managers are held in such high regard, bragged on in big corporate meetings, and incentivized by being bigtime reward winners along with massive stock option packages. It is easy to be mesmerized by the treasures of this world even leading to the development of a god complex…full of themselves and their opinions addicted to their ego and pride. WATCH OUT! What is bigtime to this world is smalltime in the spiritual world. Hey, I love you and am not trying be a butt…but in the eyes of God, ego has placed you below the lowest rung in His kingdom. “What wall is your ‘ladder of success’ leaning against?”
Consider this testimony from an unscrupulous “rich man” found in Luke16, “19 There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ 25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony’.” If business is your end game dominating your behavior, hopefully, this testimony admonishes you.
1 Timothy 6 is straightforward, “9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” God’s feelings are crystal clear here. I am praying for 20/20 spiritual vision for you so that you can see life through the eyes of God.
After a discussion concerning material things, Matthew in 6:33 tells us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Paul in Philippians 4:19 exclaims, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Psalm 50:10 reminds us, “For every animal of the forest is mine (God’s), and the cattle on a thousand hills.” Galatians 2:20 is a huge reminder to us all, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Lean your ladder of success against God trusting Him wholeheartedly and you will discover who are truly the richest of all people on this earth and life to come…His children.