I received an e-mail recently that ended with this phrase: "My success is non-negotiable and unapologetic because Christ is my source."
This makes me think its author is rich and powerful and does not care what other people think about him because Christ made him this way. It seems to epitomize a ladder-climbing, corporate mindset and tries to put it in a Christian framework.
I personally know strong, mature Christians who never have more money than enough to pay their bills and eat. Some Christians I know barely have even that. I do not think that we can conclude that a dynamic relationship with Christ means that the individual will have a great job with great pay. Is it good to believe that our faithfulness to Christ demands a blessing of riches? If we are seeking such a blessing, can we really say that we are seeking Christ?
I suppose, however, that we need to define what "success" means. It is measured by money or power? Is it quantified by the number of friends or fans one has? The number of children? How are we to understand true success?