Sunday, May 27, 2012

Are You Successful?

Achieving success is one of the most common goals people set for themselves today.  Our self-esteem and self-worth are most often directly linked with how successful we are in business, in status, in career and other achievements.

The Bible has a lot to say about success and prosperity, and it is true that God does want to bless us, just like any father does. 

The vast difference between the world’s way to success and God’s way to success is that the world’s way to success is all about self, and God’s way to success is all about God.

Worldly prosperity and success should not be an obsessive primary goal in the life of a Christian.  Jesus admonishes us not to gather ‘for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.’  (Matthew 6:19-20)  He continues on to say that we should not worry about our life and our basic needs, for God knows that we need all things, but ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  (Matthew 6:25-34)

The biblical view of success and prosperity goes far beyond financial and material success.   The Word of God speaks of success for the Christian, however success is defined as a progressive process of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ.  Paul says,  “we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)   As we stand before the mirror of God’s Word, we see the habits and sin in our lives that need to change in order for us to become more and more like Jesus Christ.  Some habits will disappear immediately, as we delve into the Word and begin to apply God’s principles for a successful life, others may take time.

The Bible is a guidebook containing principles which God expects you to follow.  If you saturate yourself with scriptural principles, you will be able to live within His framework.  ~Elmer L. Towns, The Successful Christian Life

What should be our primary goals be?
(1)   Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  (Matthew 6:33)
(2)   I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. (Proverbs 8:17) 
(3)   This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  (Joshua 1:8)

King Uzziah of Judah became king when he was sixteen years old.  He reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem and ‘as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.’  (2 Chronicles 26:5)

Let us all put success in its proper place.  No matter what our financial net worth or our station in life might be, we CAN be successful as Christians if we use biblical principles as the way to measure our success.

My son, do not forget My law, but let your heart keep My commands;
For length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
- Proverbs 3:1-4

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