How To Find True Success
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba
I will be the first to admit; blogging is a lot of fun, yet at the same time, it is extremely difficult to understand and grasp. It’s easy to get caught up with the ideas on how to grow my blog. However, during my devotion time recently, I decided that this new year I will focus on the true reason I blog – and develop a new approach to reaching others to expand God’s kingdom.
John 17:1 “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”
The entire chapter of John 17 Jesus is praying. He first prays for Himself, then His disciples, and then for future believers. One Sunday while reading this verse, I realized that Jesus is asking that God be glorified through Him. Then during church service, that same day, our pastor said almost the same thing. He said; “I do not ask God to grow this church, I ask that God be glorified through this church.” Let’s keep it real. I would love for people to read my blog and share it with everyone they know. I would love for this blog to have a tremendous following. I would love to write a best-seller. But then I realized something else; there are plenty of blogs out there with many followers shared by many people. There are plenty of best-sellers out there. The question is; are they glorifying God?
What do I truly want?
I want to glorify God. So my prayer now is, God be glorified through my blog. Once that is my true heart and true prayer to God – I do not dictate to Him how He should be glorified.
It’s a new year. Look inside your heart. What is it you truly want?
John 17:6 “I have revealed to you those whom you gave me out of the world.”
Now that you’ve written a powerful message and published it for your readers, do you pray for them? Do you pray that they will be kept from the evil one? I started something new; in addition to praying that what I write is from the hand of God, I now pray over my blog and pray for those who will read what I write. I now pray that they will be drawn closer to God. I now pray that their lives will be forever changed. I pray for those who leave a comment or like a post. In the blog world we really have no idea who is reading our words unless they specifically leave a comment. But does it really matter to know who is reading our blog? Last week out of the clear blue, a Facebook friend sent me a personal message. She has a friend who was in a desperate situation and wanted to share something I wrote on my blog and she was trying to find it. The blog post she was referring to I wrote nearly three years ago. I had no idea she ever read it. She and I are not super close and she never told me she read it. I was amazed at first, but reminded – we don’t always need an influx of feedback. If we trust that we are doing what God has asked of us, we can trust He will move our blog where it needs to be. In the meantime, our job is to pray for those who will read it.
John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”
Yesterday during Sunday service, 20 people were baptized. I never use my phone during church service, but yesterday I could not help it. I posted on my Facebook page that I was at church watching 20 people get baptized in the name of Jesus. This was at the 9:20 service so these people had to be at church probably around 8:00am that morning – the day after new year’s eve! On January 1, 2017 their lives were changed forever. I could not hold it in. These people heard messages from the pastor and finally decided to make that committment to God. Do you feel that way when you push the publish button? Are you full excitement knowing God has been glorified through you and that future believers will come to know Him?
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Satan will always make us believe we do not measure up. He will make us believe we are wasting our time writing. When we start to agree with Satan we look at the world’s point-of-view of success. I once viewed success as being patient – like one day it will be my day so don’t give up. But no, that is me once again measuring myself up against the world’s view of success. I prefer to view success as consistency. If I consistently pray, seek God, and write, believing I am doing His work, and knowing what I write will glorify God – that is true success with my blog. I pray you will continue to write and allow God to be glorified through your blog. Read the work of your peers and encourage them. Also pray for the blog writers that you read. Do more than comment and like it, pray that everyone who reads their blog will know the love of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will continue to use them mightily. Pray in a fresh way for your blog. Wow – what a powerful blog community we could be for the kingdom of God if we are praying for each other every day!
Today is a new day. It’s a new year! Let God be glorified through our writing of His Word.