I want to preach to you this morning about cultivating success. I am of the firm persuasion that God wants believers to be successful Christians. But, with that said, let’s be absolutely clear this morning—God’s idea of success if far different than our culture’s idea of success. God never measures you successfulness by the size of your house, or the size of your bank account. He measures it by the size of your obedience.
This morning, let me give you some suggestions on how to cultivate a successful life. It requires striking a balance between heart and mind, between spirit and flesh, and between body and soul. The balanced life lies at the heart of successful living. The balanced life like so many other worthwhile pursuits requires diligence. You learn to order your life the same way you learn to do math problems or play baseball well—through practice.
Living a balanced life requires four priorities.
More about Jesus would I know, More of His grace to other show;
More about Jesus let me learn, More of His holy will discern;
More about Jesus in His Word, Holding communion with my Lord;
More, more about Jesus, More, more about Jesus;
More of His saving fullness see, More of His love who died for me.
“And what will you do when you graduate from college?” asked the young man’s uncle the day before graduation.
"I’ll go to medical college and learn to be a doctor,” replied the eager young man.
“What then?” continued the uncle.
“I’ll heal sick people and make a lot of money.”
“What then?”, again asked the uncle.
“I’ll get married, buy a house and raise a family,” said the nephew.
“And then what?” quired the uncle.
“I guess I’ll eventually grow old and die,” said the now thoroughly confused young man.
“What then?” persisted his uncle.
“I suppose I will meet God.” said the nephew.
“Ah, my dear nephew,” said his uncle, “I was wondering where you were going to put God in your program of life.”
Let me end with this verse from the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s the same verse I read to you at the beginning of the message: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) NIV
The first three priorities I mentioned, are priorities that will give you success in this world. Self-discipline, Strong Friendships, and a Well-educated Mind are the instruments that will bring you much success and happiness in life. But when you stand before God, they will not earn your entry into His Kingdom. What will make a difference is what you did with Jesus. Have you accepted Him as Savior? Are you living your day-to-day life under His Lordship?