Different levels of success

A street person may be successful if he gets a meal and bed at the Union Gospel Mission. A student is successful if he/she receives satisfactory or good grade. An athlete is happy if she/he makes the team.

Winning is a team goal. A high school or college graduate is happy to find employment. The kind of job that they desired makes them feel even more successful. These are very important goals to achieve.

A happily married couple results in a good marriage. A family with children and perhaps even grandchildren with loving relationships is great. Good health and home add more to our lives. The list of things that might lead to successful living certainly seems endless. If each of us were to list 10, 20 or more areas that produce successful living, the lists would no doubt vary a great deal.

Now let us suppose that God would give us His list of successful endeavors. It may be a surprise to some people, but God has given many instructions for successful living. These cover both our temporal lives on earth and our eternal destinies. Being successful in this life is certainly very important. Living successfully from now through all eternity almost defies our imagination. Some of God’s prescribed directions given in His Word are listed below.

The first one is given in several places. Jesus told us in John 3:3 that we must be born again to ever see the Kingdom of God. All of us have been born of water (flesh). The born again is repenting and inviting the Lord’s Spirit into our lives. Our parents, teachers, friends, employers and others told us how to pursue this world’s success. Only the Lord can come into our lives and give us Spiritual direction. The Lord told His servant Joshua in Joshua 1:8 and 9 to meditate on His Word day and night to observe everything in it. if he did this with strength and good courage, he would be successful. The Lord said that He would go with him wherever he went. What a promise to His servants.

We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and 18 to be prayerful all the time and thankful in all circumstances. God is in control. We don’t have to know all of the whys. We simply need to trust Him. He knows what He is doing. Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to forsake coming together. Some people don’t go to church. Some give their church and perhaps God one hour each week. We all need support for others. Bible study and prayer groups are great for giving and receiving encouragement. The Sunday school class is a good place to start. Jesus said that we should love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves. Psalms 113:3 tells us that we should praise God all day, every day. These few instructions from God’s Word, the Bible are a good start.

For the 2013 club, Nov. 10 takes us to Lamentations 2 and Hebrews 7.

Let’s all have a good and successful two weeks.

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