What is your definition of success? If you go by the world’s system of measurement, success looks a lot like the American dream. You are
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financially stable with a cushioned 401K. You have the really nice house and maybe even a vacation home. You have a TV in every room of your house. You even decided to put a TV in the bathroom so that you can take a long, leisurely bath and watch a movie. You have a car for every member of your house and a spare in case one of the other ones break down. You buy what you want, when you want it. The servers at Outback and the baristas at Starbucks know what you want before you sit down. That definition of success hints that you will live your life, have your family, send your kids to college, work 40 years, accumulate a lot of stuff and then retire. When you look back over your life, was it really worth it?
What kind of legacy will you leave behind? What will people remember you for? Your stuff? Probably not. Look, if you die and you leave me a piano or lamp or some trinket that you think you will pass on, I am selling that bad boy on Ebay.
Maybe it is time that we rethink success.
The world’s definition of success is not Jesus’ definition of success.
When it is time for you to stand before Christ and be held accountable for this life, you will not be held accountable for:
how much money you made
how many sermons you preached
how many homes you had or vacations that you took
how much your 401K accumulated
how many books you wrote
how many Twitter followers you had
how many blog shares you had
how much stuff you were able to buy
how many degrees you earned
The major thing you will be held accountable for is how many disciples you made.
What is more important in this life than pushing people to Jesus?
How many passionate, devoted, followers of Christ are you producing? In other words, how many disciples are you making?
You should desire to say like Paul did, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” There should be a fire in you that if you do not talk about Jesus, you will explode. You want your life, your words, your tweets, and blog posts to push people to Jesus.
Now, you must know, that you cannot make disciples if you are not a disciple yourself. You can have gone to church your whole life, come to salvation at an early age, never strayed from church and still never have been discipled.
If that is you, you might be thinking, how can this be changed?
Find someone that is a mature disciple and let them lead you. Let them show you what it really looks like for a disciple to be unashamed and unapologetic when it comes to the gospel.
Read. Read the Bible and read books by authors you know that are intentional about pushing people to Jesus. Read books by both current and past authors. For example:
Listen to podcasts of people and pastors that you trust to give you the meat of Scripture and not shy away from the hard things. You are looking for people that will not read into the Bible but extract what the Bible really says and put it into context that will drive the Scripture home and help you to see how it can be applied to your life.
Get in community. Community is where life happens. Community groups are more than just Sunday School. These people are on the same journey you are. They will laugh with you, pray with you, cry with you. These people are more like family. Community groups make it difficult to hide in.
Where are you on your journey?
I would love to hear what God is doing in your life.
Feel free to share in the comments.
If you need further assistance, I can direct you to some books or podcasts to help you in your journey. Just ask your question in the comments section.