Success is the magnitude of the beneficial footprint you leave on society?
How many people do you have an effect on and what type of impact do you have?
The things you do or the things you enjoy is where you look to gauge success.
Who do you see as successful and why?
What is success in your relm?
Secularly we look inward to define success
Who do we as people idolize or glorify?
Each of these are the best or at the top of their profession... Whether you like them or not facts are facts
This life on earth is like a highway... Think about the ride up here. There were turns, curves, bumps, bridges, we passed people, people passed us, there were big cars, little cars, trucks, vans, and other buses. But only two of those hundreds of vehicles on the road took the same path as us.
1 Kings 2:3
Genesis 39:2-6 Take a look at Joseph's life
Definition of Success: The World vs. The Word
As the world sees success, it is the achievement of a social status, completing a goal, reaching an objective or the achievement of an action in a specified set of time.
The way God defines success is so much different than the way the world does.
Success to those in the world means achieving something that is useful in this life on earth.
Success as God sees it is something that is achieved that is of infinite, eternal value in this life and in the life to come. That is a huge difference indeed.
Who are some peeps in the bible that would be considered successful in a Godly sense as we as a worldly sense. Explain
David, Daniel, Joseph
Scripture of the cup bearer was he successful?
With my parents being educators my whole life, it always seemed that over the Christmas/New Years holidays we would finally have some "peace" in our life. I say this because from the time I was 10 until I graduated from college sports pretty much dominated our lives. Between my sister Haley playing golf all over the country and me playing baseball, football, and wrestling and my little sister Karly Raye trying every sport there was until she found out she enjoyed painting (She paints pictures that look like a professional did it) we were constantly on the go! There was always a practice or event we had to get to but over the holidays we generally slowed down a good bit. In high school I had a wrestling tournament or two but nothing major. The holidays were a time for us to reconnect as a family, and generally get some work done on our house. It seemed through my 3 1/2 years in college I would draw so near to God in the times I was home with my now beautiful wife Joah and my family. While working or simply hanging out my dad and I would always move our conversations to Jesus and I would be so consumed with the love Jesus had for me I didn't want to do anything else. I mention these things because we have just went through the best Christmas I have ever had and now that the holidays are over and it is time to get back into a routine I don't want to lose that connection, closeness, or oneness with God that can be credited much to the holiday season and the amount of time spent with friends and family where conversations about Jesus simply seemed to happen without any effort.
As everyone is starting to get back into their normal routines, too many times something begins to fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, that "thing" that normally slows down is out time spent with God. My dad has been preaching on intimacy with Christ for the last couple of Sundays and without time spent with Him there is now way intimacy can take place. I am reminded of the scripture in Luke where Jesus is talking to Martha:
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[k] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus[l] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Yes, kids are back in school, adults are back to work, the holidays are over, and we no longer have the option to have a lazy day where we simply sleep all day. As you get back into that busy schedule of yours don't forget about the maker of the universe, the guy who created you and loves you, yes even YOU! Dont be like Martha distracted in doing good things or even in your busyness. Make time for the God of heaven who is simply waiting for you to turn everything over to Him! If this is you today, you have some decisions to make. What in your life needs to be put on pause so that you can have some time God. Because unlike popular opinion, the one slot Jesus will take in your life is number one! He will not occupy number 2, He wants all or nothing!
Simply listening out loud,
I was riding down the road the other day, jamming to Big Daddy Weave's song My Story. As I was driving the words of the song began to resonate in my heart and mind; then the Lord began to speak to me. The song goes:
If I should speak then let it be
Of the grace that is greater than all my sin
Of when justice was served and where mercy wins
Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in
Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him.
My question to you today is Does your story tell of Him? If you were to die tonight and someone began to write the biography of your life, would there be any mention of Jesus' name other than in passing, other than saying he/she attended such and such church. While attending a service is good, your relationship with Christ is what I am interested in hearing about. If the biographer did not know who you were and began to ask your friends and family about you, what would they say? Would they talk about your love for the Lord and your service to Him? Would they speak of the great times they had ministering with you? Would they began to tell story after story about the love of Christ you exemplified everyday? Or would your story even mention His name? Or would you friends and family say yeah he went to church but they certainly didn't live it? How often would they say that you talked about Jesus? How often would they say that they saw you reading your Bible. Would they know what your favorite passage of scripture was, or maybe what your life verse was?
In Acts 26 Paul is talking to King Agrippa about Jesus, and King Agrippa tells Paul that he almost persuaded him to become a Christian. 29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.” Paul told his story, he told Agrippa of the things he had seen and heard and almost persuaded Agrippa. If you could ask Paul's friends about him, I guarantee they would say he loved and served the Lord.
Jonathan Wallace told me that someone at Auburn told him; "You are the sum of your five closest friends." Jonathan added that those around you define who you are and what you believe in, WOW, what a powerful statement. Could someone look at your friends and know you love Jesus?
Really, the most important part of this arises when you stand before the throne room of God, listening for the words "well done my good and faithful servant, enter with me in glory." You see it goes much deeper than the legacy you leave on earth, the heart of the matter is this: lip service gets you nowhere in the kingdom of God. He knows our thoughts and intentions instead of simply seeing our actions. As you go about your day today, think about this song and ask yourself, "Can I truly sing this song to Christ and do my actions point people closer to Him?
Just Listening Out Loud!!!!