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Living a Successful Life

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed. 1 Timothy 6:17-19

What really makes success? How should success be defined? Can there really be success outside of the will of God? Many think that power, recognition and a full bank account constitutes success. But the Bible says that power which is not motivated by love corrupts. The Bible also says that recognition is vain and worldly riches are deceitful. Jesus taught His disciples to store up treasure in heaven rather than on earth. This is done by doing good works in service to others.

According to the Bible, a successful life is not free from problems, persecution or pain. The Apostle Paul wrote that he had learned the secret of being happy and content. He said that he was content with plenty and with little.

 Even when he was awaiting his execution he wrote young Timothy concerning his eternal reward saying, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Tim.4:7-8) Christians are comforted in trouble because we know our purpose.

God planned your birth. You were created for His pleasure and for His purpose. He loves you and has great and specific plans for you. You can yield to Him and live the life which He has ordained for you - or you can push Him away and maintain control of your own life. But whatever you are willing to lay down will determine what God will do. Jesus laid down His life even before He offered it as a sacrifice. He always prayed, "Not My will Father, but Your will be done." Jesus always maintained that He did nothing of His own will but followed the will of his Father.

If we are to be a follower of Christ then we too must lay down our will and walk in the will of God. What good is it if we gain the whole world and lose our soul. God has planted the desire for eternity in every manís heart, yet there is only one way to receive that gift. Living a successful life is living an obedient life in preparation for eternity.

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

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