Sometimes it is hard for us to estimate the real value of things. The problem is because there are two viewpoints. There is the human and the divine. How do we measure real success?

All true success will be determined at the judgment seat of Christ!

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (II Corinthians 5:10).

On the other side of this life things will not appear as they do here.

"Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justifies: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of
the hearts, and then shall every man have praise of God" (I Corinthians 4:2-5).

If all this is true, and it is, then we should live our lives with an eternal view. It is only through this view – the divine viewpoint – that we are able to build that which has true success.

"While we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (II Corinthians 4:18).

Clyde Pilkington

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