Dr. Bruce Northam - Senior Pastor
This morning we encounter the costly counterfeit of success. The god of success promises purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction, but delivers emptiness and endless striving for self-worth. More than any of the other idols, the worship of personal success and achievement lead to a sense that we ourselves are god, and that our security and value rest in our own wisdom, strength, and performance. This is one of the most dangerous and deadly places a person can be – wrapped up in the god of me. In Luke 18, Jesus had an encounter with a person described by three words: rich, young, and ruler. He was a man who had accomplished, achieved and accumulated much; successful! For him, salvation was one more trophy, just another earned reward. Worshiping the god of success isn’t about secular accomplishments and commendations – it’s not just getting caught up with job titles and social status, this costly counterfeit can lead us toward self-righteousness. The god of success suggests that we can save ourselves.