Jan
8
2013

Do you question inspirational quotes?

A happy and prosperous new year to you and thank you again for the opportunity to service you again this year.

Recently, I heard a preacher say  ‘I am not called to be successful but to be fruitful, as at the end of my life, I want to hear the words ‘well done, good and faithful servant and not ‘well done, good and successful servant’.  Initially I gave mental consent to the statement as a good catchphrase but on further reflection, I discovered that I could not agree with it, as success is actually a biblical principle

Joshua 1:8 is a well-known verse on success. ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success’. I believe that this scripture carries the heart of God regarding success.

Therefore, I am a great believer in success. I believe God has called us to be successful. I believe that success is the fulfilment of what God has called us to do. So why did I disagree with the statement.

The person had taken their catchphrase from the parables of the Talents. In this parable, a man had called his servants together before going off on a trip. He entrusted his property to them according to their abilities. Two worked hard and doubled what he had given them. When the master returned, he commended them for being good and faithful. Therefore, those who are fruitful are regarded as being faithful. They were successful at what they had been called to do. They used what God had placed in their hands and multiplied it.

The implication of the preacher’s statement is that we should aim for fruitfulness and not success. My take on this subject is that it depends on the definition of success you adopt.

The worldly definition of success is associated with accomplishments or obtaining things such as lots of money popularity, fame, honour, material possessions or high positions of power. Ours is a success-oriented society.

However, from the parable, we can deduce that for the Christian, faithfulness is determined by success. God called them faithful because they were successful.  God told us in John 15:16 that he has chosen us to be fruitful and to bear fruit that will remain. Also in John 15:5, Jesus encourages us to stay in Him so that we can bear fruit.

Therefore, the question is not whether we are successful but how we obtain that success. God’s measure of success is determined by whether or not we are being loyal to Him and obey Him

‘And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn’. (1 Kings 2:3).

So as we move into the New Year, remember that God wants you to be successful. God is not in the failure business. His formula for success is quite simple: Obey Him and obey His laws. When you commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).

Let’s not worldly definitions rob us of spiritual truths. I want to be successful in all areas of my life, for I believe that is what God has called me to be. Therefore, when we hear catchphrases, let’s take a minute or two to think through what it says before giving mental consent.

Stay blessed and I look forward to communicating a lot more with you this year.

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So until I appear again in your inbox, stay blessed

Ola

About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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