What does it mean to be successful? Who of us doesn’t feel the pressure of our culture? The all-consuming preoccupation to pursue the prestigious career, to amass lots and lots of money, to possess all the latest in toys and technology, to be respected and admired by those around us. These pursuits are held up as the be all and end all of happiness and fulfillment in life. But how are they really working for people? God offers a very different definition of success. As we look at the life of Jesus, we see that his definition of success included a life of self-sacrifice and the lonely walk to the cross. At first glance this definition of success may sound very negative and unappealing. Yet, certainly the scriptures give us hints of the joy and fulfillment Jesus experienced in bringing help, peace and comfort to people. Add to that the glory and honor Jesus enjoys now exalted at the right of God the Father.
In this series we will explore what God would call a truly successful life. We’ll see that his definition is all about faithfully using the talents and opportunities he’s given us to serve others and glorify his name. We’ll also see that God’s definition of success has a lot more potential of bringing true joy and fulfillment to our lives.
September 12: Faithful
According to God, more important than how much we accomplish (a very human measure of success) is our faithfulness in recognizing and using all the gifts and resources he has given us (i.e. our spiritual gifts, our passions, our physical resources, our skills, and our experiences). Are we thinking about what God has called us to do in our lives and how all these gifts can be utilized to fulfill God’s call?
September 19: Fruitful
According to God, fruitfulness has more to do with character (the fruits of the Spirit) than it has to do with amassing a list of outstanding accomplishments. How is our character helping other people see the character and heart of God and filling them with a desire to know more about who God is?
September 26: Fulfilled
God desires to fill us with a sense of esteem, value and significance. When we serve faithfully, influencing others with the truth about God and Christ, we will see that our efforts are making a profound difference in people’s lives. We’ll see that what we are doing has eternal value and significance. And we’ll rejoice to be used by God in this way.
October 3: Making God Famous
Success is only true success when it brings God glory. The purpose of our existence is to lift up God and Christ helping others see how deep and wide, how long and high his love is.