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What Greater Glory?

Recently, I heard a sermon that asked, "How are you spending your time on earth?" The main success story that was used to inspire us was an impressive family that worked together, ate together, and spent each evening reading and being together. Their success was measured by the fact that when the children grew up they all ended up with master degrees and doctorates and good businesses and successful careers. By pointing us to worldly success, this sermon fell short.

My family had these same types of worldly goals when we started to homeschool. Failing to provide a good, solid education for our children was not an option. If homeschool did not work, we would have to find some other way to get them that education. We were determined to raise well-behaved, educated children. Anything less was failure, at least in the eyes of the world.

In his book, Keys to the Deeper Life, A.W. Tozer challenges worldly success ...

No man is worthy to succeed until he is willing to fail. ...

God will allow His servant to succeed when he has learned that success does not make him dearer to God nor more valuable in the total scheme of things. ...

Our great honor lies in being just what Jesus was and is. To be accepted by those who accept Him, rejected by all who reject Him, loved by those who love Him and hated by everyone that hates Him. What greater glory could come to any man?

Worldly goals become insignificant next to God's will, whether in considering the education of our children or any area of our life. It's not that we give up striving to provide a good education for our children. It's that we *first* treasure God and His goals! Let's not fall short by treasuring worldly success.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Luke 12:34

August 17, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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