Culture clash is inherent in the choice to follow Christ.
America defines succes as “you defeat your opponent.” In other words, you win if you get your way over someone else getting their way. You win if you get the most money or the biggest prize. You win if someone else goes home impressed with and humiliated by your strength and prowess.
But God’s Kingdom defines success as “you serve your neighbor.” You succeed by giving your time, strength and personal glory away. You win by being willing to be ignored and forgotten. You come in first by being willing to come in last.
American success is a triumphant raised fist. Kingdom success is an offered open hand.
Choose your success carefully.