Either God is delusional, or we see this world from an upside-down viewpoint that isn't aligned with God’s way of thinking. The world defines success by a person's ability to show progress, gather wealth, or gain influence, but just like everything else, success means the complete opposite when following Jesus. God seems to define success as giving up control, giving away wealth, and gaining reliance on Him. The actual meaning of "success" is growing weaker in worldly standards. John the Baptist said it best in John 3:30: " He must become greater; I must become less." This formula doesn't mesh with current societal beliefs because "less" takes away from one's achievements (pride), and our society ranks people according to their accomplishments. 

Worldly success requires progression in life; Godly success requires regression in life. If we are considered lost and apart from God, like the Bible informs us we are, we must then return to the place in which we became lost in order to be found; this is why people who hit rock bottom will usually seek Jesus and start following Him, but how do we do that if we aren't at rock bottom? Just like you would return home from any location, work in the opposite manner that got you there! The narrow gate that Jesus talked about in Matthew 7:13 isn't a gate we will find through our progression in life, it's the gate we walked out of when we were sinless and pure. It's Heaven. It's home. Our current location isn't our actual home but rather a place to realize we are lost. God is calling us to turn around and come back home. 

Jesus isn't our Savior only because He died for our sins. He is our Savior because He also came among us to show us the way back. Everything that happened to Jesus was the opposite of what He deserved. In essence, the only way for Him to conquer death was to deny the right to live. That is exactly what He called us to do in Matthew 16:24, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." To deny ourselves means that we turn the car around and start heading home. It means that on the day we die, leaving Earth won't be much of a departure because we spiritually checked out a long time ago. 

If you're like me and have taken a left on Pride Street, traveled 500 miles on I-I Care What People Think, and turned right on I'll Do Things My Way Highway, it's not too late to backtrack to the starting point and head back home. It will be a humbling experience riding back through those streets that got you lost, but it's sometimes the fastest way forward. Remember that following God often requires the opposite of what this world tells us to do. God may never whisper what direction you are supposed to turn, but you can always get there by turning in the opposite directions that this world tells you to take. The secret to life is to find out what this world wants you to do and do the complete opposite.

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Written by: mark bland