The Seventh Chapter of Hebrews helps us understand what success really looks like. The world tells us it is about prestige, title, wealth accumulation, and status. Success, it would seem, is a label.
The accumulations are not worthless, just like the Levitical priests are not worthless. It is not that they have no value, but that perfection is not found in what they are based upon. A Levitical priest is a priest whose authority is built on a foundation of generational inheritance. Position recognized through DNA. Like all accumulations, this is an opportunity to serve. It is not the measure of success; for that, it is insufficient.
Melchizedek is considered a priest based on what he did. His action. His choices. Jesus (as alluded to in this verse) came “in the order of Melchizedek.”
Our true inheritance is not position or worldly riches; it is the inheritance of a life well lived. The perfect life of Jesus is our example and the lineage to which we belong. Jesus did not pass on superficial goods and worldly success; He passed on wisdom, the example of an indestructible life.
Success in life is faithfulness to this inheritance, to this “order.” It is not about pursuing worldly status or wealth. It is about stewarding all of our various positions, resources, and opportunities toward a faithful and God-honoring life.