SUCCESS!

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him, and He began to teach them.” (Matthew 5:1-2, NIV)

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In the highly competitive environment of sales, the thrill of victory is intoxicating. Success, according to the world’s view, is pretty straightforward: You make a sale; you earn a commission. The more sales you make, the more money you earn. Often, in pursuit of the sale, we have a tendency to do “whatever it takes” to get ahead.

Is that what it means to be successful? To many people, success in the business world means riches, power, and fame. The measure of success within our faith, however, demands just the opposite: Generosity, service, and humility are the true measures of success. Success in everyday life means turning the other cheek and loving others as we love ourselves.

In business, performance comes with the expectation of a reward. So how often do we battle anger and frustration when we don’t get the recognition we think we deserve? How often does our pride play a role in our attitude toward our co-workers? How often do we view our income as rightful compensation to spend as we see fit?

If success as a believer means growing in relationship with God and drawing others into relationship with Him, then we need to continually look at whether our actions show that goal. Failing to put our family first, treating subordinates as inferior, and being political or disruptive lead to failure. Our society conditions us to believe that recognition and reward follow performance, but our faith requires excellence without personal ambition.

The clearest definition of success that Christ provides to us is found in His Sermon on the Mount. In this sermon, Jesus highlighted qualities such as “meekness, peace making, purity of heart, and thirsting after righteousness” (Matthew 5:3-10, NIV) as those that show success in God’s kingdom.

As we go about our work this Wednesday, we need to remember that we are to fulfill God’s purpose every minute of every day. Most importantly, we need to remember that although we are in the world, we are not to be “of” the world.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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