October 23, 2020 · Bob Gass
“In the same way you judge others, you will be judged.” Matthew 7:2 NIV
How can you know God wants you to succeed in life? Three reasons: (1) Because He created you. In Genesis He said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26 NKJV). The words image and likeness are important. Think about it: we sometimes tell a child, “You’re the image of your father. You’re just like him!” Because you are God’s supreme creation, He poured into you His mind, His power, His wisdom, and everything else you need to succeed. Once you grasp the truth of that and begin to act on it, your outlook will be transformed. You will start thinking like a “no-limit person.” (2) Because you have worth. Actress Ethel Waters, who used to sing at the Billy Graham crusades, said, “I am somebody, ’cause My God don’t make no junk!” As the crowning achievement of God’s creation, you are the object of His attention and affection. The psalmist wrote, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them” (Psalm 139:17-18 NLT). (3) Because everything God made was for you. “You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” Does that mean God will simply drop success into your lap? No, “God blessed them, and…said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it’” (Genesis 1:28 NKJV). God has given you His authority and creative ability to succeed in whatever He calls you to do. So instead of thinking like a victim—start thinking like a victor!