With the beginning of each new year, it is insightful to revisit the question: What is my definition of success?
David’s first words to Solomon and his last words to his successor to the throne were to keep God’s commands (see Proverbs 4:3-9; 1 Kings 2:1-4). Even God Himself repeated this same charge to David’s son (see 1 Kings 9:3-9). It’s no wonder that Solomon’s Last Will and Testament of Ecclesiastes summarized: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Wisdom was God’s definition of success for Solomon.
Christ is the Wisdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 1:24) and our definition of success. We need Him to pursue life with God (see Psalm 127:1), bringing us in communion with the Father (see Ecclesiastes 3:11) and community with others (see Ecclesiastes 4:12). When we humble our hearts to Christ, He transforms our definition of success to Wisdom.