If you had the choice between living in luxury or leaving a legacy, which one would you choose? Most of us would probably try to pick both, but these two values are often in competition with one another. Do we make decisions that best impact the life we are living right now, or make decisions that will leave an impact both now and long after we’re gone? It’s the never ending struggle between instant gratifications and delayed gratification. In this week’s message, we look at the life of a man named Saul from the Bible who appeared set up for nothing but success, but made 3 critical mistakes that caused him to miss out on all that God had intended for him. See what choices you need to make in order to avoid these mistakes and allow God to determine what success looks like in your life.
Most of us struggle between two competing values: comfort and significance.
We choose between gratification and legacy and impact. You don’t have to have these values to be known, to be “successful” in the eyes of your peers or to leave you kids a financial base. BUT you DO if you want to pass this test:
1 Corinthians 3: 12-20
1 Samuel 9:1-2
Saul comes from a wealthy family, is good looking and physically intimidating. Know anyone like that? They usually end up successful, right?
1.Saul confused giftedness with Godliness
2. Saul assumed his great success outweighed his small sin
1 Samuel 15:22-23
3. He mistook God’s patience for God’s pleasure
1 Samuel 15:34-16:1 Because he’d not felt the consequence of his disobedience, he assumed God was still pleased with him, overall.
Being blessed doesn’t always mean wealth. Wealth doesn’t always mean blessings. Obedience brings blessing. Blessing means legacy.
You must decide who determines your definition of success.
You must decide if obedience to God will be the path by which you will accomplish great things in life or not.
Your choice will be seen in the 9 areas of your life that we will unpack next week.