Success In All Things
Achieving Success In All Things
Pdt. Handoyo Santoso, D.Min.
GENESIS 4: 3-5
3 After some time, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD; 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat; And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but Cain and his offering HIS ignored. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
The above verse describes the state of the church was first conducting worship to the Lord, with members of the congregation of Cain and Abel. Worship conducted by Cain and Abel is one form of human attempts to communicate with him. The way they do in worship is to bring offerings and pray to the Lord.
Fabric offerings differ from offerings given Abel. Cain brought of the fruit of the soil, while Abel offered the firstborn of his flock. Abel worship success, the criterion, Abel’s offering was pleasing to the Lord. While offering of Cain ignored the Lord; Fabric failure in worship. Its failure led to Cain angry. In fact, when a failure, particularly in terms of worship, we must react correctly.
GENESIS 4: 6-8
6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry angry? 7 Is not your countenance be lifted up, if you do well? But if thou doest not well, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you should rule over it . “8 Cain said to Abel his brother:” Let us go into the field. ” When they were in the field, suddenly Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Kain had failed to serve the Lord, but the IA still give him a chance to fix the failure. Lord rebuked Cain so as not to be angry, even being a failure in worship. Anger will not fix a failure, but rather worsen the situation.Evidently, Cain’s anger led to an even greater failure.
Lord rebuke in paragraph 7 (NIV) “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” or if you do right, past the Lord does not accept it? Means the failure of Cain because he was not done properly worship.
Application, if we fail in any case, do not blame or even angry toward others. We must note is ourselves. Lord rebuke: “If you …” indicates that failure Cain has nothing to do with Abel or others, but due to the fabric itself.
Often we fail, but unable to get out of the failure, even into the failure of the other. Why is that? Because we are one of the focus in addressing the failure. Fabric wrong focus. He was angry at the success of Abel. Then vent his anger by killing Abel. In fact, after he killed his brother, Cain failed position does not turn into a success.Attitudes and actions like Cain is often present in our lives. As a result, we will not succeed.
In the midst of the anger Cain against Abel success, the Lord rebuked. The Lord wants Cain was not angry at the success of Abel, but changing attitudes and way of worship with true worship. The Lord also warned Cain that if the failure that has occurred is not resolved in the right way, then he will go into that any further failure. That is why the Lord said that if Cain does not beribabadah correctly, sin began scratching your door (threatening) life.
The purpose of worship is to make him clean from sin and closer to the Lord. The failure if it does not improve in worship, which reached even things contrary to expectations. Instead clean from sin, but even sin and farther away from the Lord. Similarly in other matters. For example the goal of building a family is to achieve well-being and happiness. If managing a household in the wrong way, obtained was the destruction and disappointments, the opposite of the objectives to be achieved.
But even so the Lord still gives us the opportunity to fix the failures so that success can be achieved. The same opportunity was given to Cain, but Cain is a pity not to use it with a good chance. The fabric actually killed Abel.By killing Abel, he thinks will be successful in worship because there is no longer a rival.
Kain has failed in worship. Killed Abel add to the list of failures. Kain failed in maintaining the sibling relationship. If a failure in worship is not corrected, then the failure would spread to other parts of our lives, especially the failure in family life.
GENESIS 4: 9-12
9 The Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He replied: “I do not know! Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10Word-NYA: “What have you done? Blood sister shouted to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you till the ground, the land will not yield more fully to you; you become a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth. “
By the time the Lord rebuke Cain asked where Abel, he does not want to accept the reprimand. In fact, he answered the Lord and say: “I do not know!” Cain did not want to admit his guilt before the Lord. Thus he does not want to improve himself to get out of the failure proficiency level.
Opportunity to correct the failure of the LORD worship and ignored warning Cain to repent. He did not want to accept a reprimand and admit his guilt before the Lord. As a result, not only shattered family relationships, in the business sector had failed. Lord cursed Cain cultivated land. So that even Cain cultivate the ground, it still will not get the results of the land to the fullest. In fact the whole life of Cain failed, because he was damned.
What about us? If we do worship the wrong way, it will become part of our failures. If we do not want to change in accordance with the will of the Lord, then we will always fail in every thing we do. Conversely, if we do worship the right way, then we will enjoy success for the sake of success.
Worship that we do not just frequent, although worship regularly is a must for us. Worship should be the right way according word of the Lord. A simple example we can compare with the school. Students were very diligent in school, come early and come home late compared to most other students. However, all subjects in school just to sleep, of course he would not pass. So also in the case of worship to the Lord. Diligently whatever we worship, if worship is not done properly, then our lives will fail.
Furthermore, another figure as an example of the Bible is Saul. At first he became king who succeeded because it filled the HOLY SPIRIT. But when Saul began to worship in their own way, from where he started reaping failures.Saul failure in worship happens when Saul and the Israelites who went with him were facing the enemy. Before an attack at the time of war, usually the Israelites offered burnt offerings to the Lord first. Burnt offerings to be offered by the Servant of GOD, namely Samuel. After waiting so long, Samuel has not yet appeared, while the enemy has begun to move. Saul decided to offer burnt offerings to the Lord. At that moment, Samuel appeared.See action Saul, Samuel rebuked. Like Cain, Saul did not convert on warning Samuel and did not ask for forgiveness of the Lord. He even blames Samuel did not come while the enemy is getting closer.
1 SAMUEL 22: 7-8
7 Saul said to his servants who stood around him, “Listen, O people of Benjamin! Is the son of Jesse will give all of you fields and vineyards, whether he will lift you all be head over troop thousand and above troops hundred, 8so that you all conspired against me and no one was saying to me, that my son was tied up with the son of Jesse? There is none of you are anxious because I, or stating to me that my son has incited my clerk against me like this. “
Because Saul did not want to accept a reprimand and does not want to improve themselves, subsequent failures he experienced. One of them fail in his career as king. In fact, if he wants to return successfully, the steps that must be done is to improve the error in worship. Instead of self-correction, Saul hated David even more successful in his career. As a result, Saul worse off.
If Saul worship properly before the Lord, he will not fail. Even David’s success, success will not be disturbed by Saul David. Saul thought that the cause of the failure is David’s career. In fact, the cause is himself. In the midst of his failure, Saul begins to “vent” to his servants. In the “vent his” Saul raises racial issues, saying: “Listen, O people of Benjamin!” Both Saul and his servants are descendants of Benjamin. However, he failed to reap sympathy, because they all actually siding, even idolized David. Without fixing worship to the Lord, there is no point in doing any effort whatsoever to reach success.
In addition to failure in career, Saul also failed in family life. Jonathan, son of Saul siding with David, and not to himself. In addressing this situation, again Saul instead of improve itself, but instead to blame others. As a result he felt to be an outcast. This situation is the same as that experienced by post-killing Cain against Abel that Cain made an exile and a fugitive.
The sad condition of Cain and Saul became reflection for us. Perhaps our children more closely with his friends or with others than with his parents. Maybe this time we do not worship properly, so the failure started toward us.Immediately fix our worship so that we are having success in terms of economic, career, family and others.
1 SAMUEL 22: 9-10
9 Then, answered Doeg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Saul, saying: “I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub. 10 And he asked the Lord for him and gave provisions to him; also the sword of Goliath, Philistine, gave him. “
In the midst of failure and destruction of Saul, came third person to exploit the situation. He was Doeg, the Edomites (Edom were descendants of Esau = unrighteous). Doeg priest Ahimelech hate. When David went to Ahimelech, Doeg submit it to Saul. Hopes Doeg, Saul acted against David is in place so that Ahimelech Ahimelech subject to impact. In other words Doeg was “fishing in troubled waters”.
Imagine if in the face of domestic problems, the husband or wife confide to the wrong person. There is a chance of a third party to exploit the situation as experienced Saul. Third parties here could be someone else, it could be the power of darkness.
After studying the failures of worship Cain and Saul, we will learn the story of Joseph who worship properly.Therefore, Joseph successfully though not maximum remember Joseph’s brothers hated him because of envy. As a person who hated, Joseph not necessarily be the one who does not care about his brothers. Instead, he greatly missed his family life can recover. Joseph son of Jacob who came from Rachel, while his brothers came from Jacob’s other wife. But because Joseph worshiping correctly, he was fond of his half brothers. Joseph still want his family relationships to be whole and good again.
GENESIS 45: 4-5
4 Joseph said to his brothers: “Come closer.” Then they came near. He said again: “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now, do not be upset and do not be angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for to preserve life GOD sent me before you.”
Because Joseph worship properly to GOD, even though it was sold and became a slave in Egypt, he remained successful in a career. While working in the house of Potiphar, he became very dear to his boss. Unfortunately, the lady of Potiphar bandwagon “show affection” to Joseph. But Joseph remained steadfast in worship and still maintain his faith by rejecting the seduction of Potiphar’s wife. Even should go to jail for falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, Joseph still be successful. The proof he was much loved by the head of the prison, so that all the prisoners in the prison entrusted to him. The success of his spiritual life in prison at the time indicated by the wisdom that is able to interpret the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s servants. The success of this role led him to become the number two in Egypt.
In the midst of his success, Joseph still miss the relationship with his brothers can be restored. Because he worshiped correctly, the Lord can use various ways to the ‘recoverable. Through famine that occurred at the time, Joseph met again with his brothers who are looking for food. They did not recognize Joseph, who had become prime minister in Egypt, but Joseph recognized them. From there Joseph really wanted to do with his brothers restored. Though the logic of evil is Joseph’s brothers. Yusuf was supposed to reply by their evil deeds. But because Joseph worshiping correctly, he actually wants to do with them can be a good return. Joseph has compassion and love to his brothers who had once hated.
At the time of his brothers have not recognized him, Joseph invited them to eat at his palace. In the meeting, Joseph said: “Come closer.” Means the position of Joseph with his brothers at the time was still far from each other, considering it as prime minister, while they are just as foreigners who ask for assistance to Egypt.
Why Yusuf asked that they approach? First, so that his brothers do not be afraid when Joseph forthright about his identity. Second, for their safety. Can we imagine if Yusuf declared his identity in a distant state, he had to speak out. The risk, the guard Joseph heard the words of Joseph, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold intoEgypt” (verse 4). When that happens, they think Joseph’s brothers as the bad guy. Thus, they will be treated well by them. This is what Joseph avoided.
When conveying identity, Joseph recalled that his brothers never sell it to Egypt. But what they did not remember Joseph, as being cruel. Joseph actually realize that the arrival of Joseph in Egypt ahead of his older siblings was GOD’s plan to preserve his life and all of his extended family. Joseph did not blame them about the trouble he experienced before he became prime minister in Egypt.
No blame is one determining factor that family life is restored. Failure, even the destruction of family life are the result of blaming each other when facing problems. Let us try to behave and act like Joseph.
GENESIS 45: 10-11
10 You will live in the land of Goshen and be near me, thou and the son and grandson, flocks and your herds and all yours. 11, where I take care of you-because hunger is still five years away-so that you do not fall into poverty with the rest house and all those who participate with you.
Goshen, Joseph land planned for his brothers live, the best area in Egypt. In fact, if calculated, what has been given by Joseph’s brothers to Joseph? Joseph was not much demand, but it gives the best for families. Joseph’s reply to the crimes ever undertaken brothers with kindness. He had been sold by his brothers, when Joseph had to have the power and opportunity to reply, he chose not to do so. Not only provide the best place in Egypt, Joseph also guarantee their lives and their families each.
ACTS 7: 9-10
9 Because of envy, patriarchs, Joseph, sold him into Egypt, but GOD was with him, 10 and rescued him from all oppression and granted him grace and wisdom, when he was before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.
Joseph success in worship to GOD produce success in career, family, and other aspects. Due to the success of Joseph in worship, Israel can become a great nation. Meanwhile, Joseph’s older brothers who did not worship properly, because it saves so evil envy against Joseph, they did not achieve success as Joseph.
True worship is the key to our success in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, it is very important for us to improve our worship so that in the sight of GOD and successful in all respects. Amen.