God wants you to be successful! Yes, He does. Why would He create us in His own image and send His one and only Son Jesus to die for us and not want us to succeed? God loves you and me so much that He wants nothing less than for us to be successful in our journey here on earth.
But God does not define success the same way we do or our culture does. The culture around us (and most of us) define success in terms of wealth, health, accomplishments and achievements. One is successful, we think, if they are living a good life with a lot of money in their bank account, a good house, a well-paying job, etc. On the other hand, we wouldn’t consider someone to be successful if they are struggling financially or with their health or ministry. But God does not define success the same way.
So how does God define success? That is what we were learning last Tuesday evening during the God and People service. Pastor Jim taught from Joshua 1:1-9 and helped us to understand what biblical success is. If we will live the life that God wants us to live we must view success the same way God does.
Joshua who succeeded Moses, the great leader of God’s people, was promised success by God and was told that what he needed to be successful was God’s presence, God’s word and God’s purpose. The same is true of each of us. For us to be successful in God’s sight (which is the true success and the only success that really matters) we must practice God’s presence. This means we must be aware that God is always with us and respond to Him by carrying on a-never-ending conversation with Him because He is always with us.
Second, we must obey His word. According to Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:3-4, there is no success apart from the Bible. Our success is dependent on our response to God’s word. A successful person is obedient to God’s word.
Finally, success is guaranteed when we fulfill our purpose in God’s plan. Finding one’s purpose in God’s plan is one of life’s greatest discoveries. It makes life more meaningful and fuels passion at any age.
Are you successful? God wants you to succeed in His sight. He created you not just to survive but to thrive.