SUCCEEDING IN ALL THINGS
I press on to…receive the heavenly prize.
To succeed we have to be living a focused life. It’s said that great achievers stay focused on their goal and rarely get side tracked. They are so single-minded that they are passionate about their plan and purpose Often they are considered fanatics.
Successful people often filter out the extraneous in order to hone in on their target like a laser. However, all around them, others live lives cluttered with much-talked-about projects that never get off the ground.
Paul Knew His Plan & Purpose
Paul’s life is an example of a focused life. His calling was his life’s obsession.
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
Philippians 3:3-4 MSG
Working From vs Working For……
His passion for Jesus and demonstrating the Gospel preoccupied him so much that all other interests paled into insignificance. Nothing or no-one to sidetrack him from winning. He wrote: Fight the good fight of the faith (1Timothy 6:12 NIV). He knew it wasn’t enough just to be strong in faith, but he also had to be strong in the ‘fight.’ The power that comes from a relationship with God is the only power that can sustain you and make you rise above all things, in all seasons (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV). When you gain His heart and perspective and His passion for people, nothing can ever stop you from your God given plan and purpose! This is what you call working FROM God and not working FOR God. This one word can make a huge difference in your life. It’s ALL about co-laboring and NEVER about “works”.
Don’t Sell Your Soul. You Are Eternal!
Success in the Kingdom of God looks entirely different to the success of the world. Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Plus Jesus said: For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt. 16:26 NJKV). By this statement, Jesus made it clear that the only success that really counts is seeking His way first and gaining eternal life. The Apostle Paul, one of the brightest and most highly educated Christians of his day, made eternal life his chief goal. Not only for himself, but also for others that God had called him to. He said it was his desire to know the power of Christ’s resurrection so that, If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead (Phil. 3:11 KJV).
How Should We View Success?
Whether we work in the general marketplace or in ministry, our first priority should be about raising others to be the best they can be, and in return, success will be inevitable! It’s a kingdom perspective and one that is about true leadership. This is a very different viewpoint from the world’s perspective as success is normally based on self-performance, money, titles and climbing the corporate ladder of success. (Mark 10:42-45)
Success Comes From A Present Future Perspective
So don’t let fear, criticism, and past failures dictate your direction and cause you to drift aimlessly through your days. If you do, the future can encroach on you and look more like the past. See success by adopting this
View success by adopting these perspectives:
1) Focus doesn’t just happen; you must direct it.
2) Have a single focus. ‘I focus on this one thing.’
3) Forget past failures.
4) The anticipation of future success; ‘Looking forward to what lies ahead.’
5) Tenacity. ‘I press on to reach the end of the race.
By implementing these steps, you too can succeed in all that God has called you to do!