By Tom Yerman

Human beings have the potential and ability to accomplish great things, but it is God who gives Success. We all strive for that gratification and reward that comes from an outstanding accomplishment. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s temporary. It’s difficult to imagine that whatever “we have accomplished” in our lifetime, great or not as great, one day will be left behind to someone else. The question is how can we be assured that all our efforts and accomplishments are an investment of success that will bring a return to us even after we die?

History gives us the blueprints through a person who continues to show us the way.

Daniel, a high positioned ruler and chief administrator over an entire province tells us that this person was given authority, glory and sovereign power, that all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. That his dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and that his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:14)

Paul a leading authoritative figure of the day stated, that this man is far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And that God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be the head (Ephesians 1:21-22).

The man himself declared that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. Then after he suffered and died for the benefit of others, he arose and declared that he is the living One who would be alive forevermore and that he now holds the keys to death and Hades (Matthew 28:18, Revelation 1:18).

As you know, this man is named Jesus, the only person who was able to reveal how to move accomplishments into true success. His life resume is flawless. His success came from God whom he called Father. Wisdom continues to tell us today that it is God who gives success. Kings and great leaders throughout time have echoed that. And we along with them can also forget that. We get ideas, form plans, and make valuable and great accomplishments, but we can mistake that for success. Success involves working with God. Technology, world changes, and pressures tempt us to subtly leave the Holy Spirit behind. We have all heard the saying and challenge of not being afraid to “think outside the box.” I’m not convinced that that is always a good thing, but what I do know is that we must never be afraid, but bold, to consistently look beyond this world.

Success motivates us to go beyond our reach, beyond what we can do and enters into the eternal. It’s doing something that has much bigger effects and lasting power. Success requires a working relationship with divine authority that embraces our desires, goals, and temporary accomplishments to shape, mold, and fuse them into an eternal success.

Here are some foundational steps to remember to keep success in our sight:

  1. Grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

  2. Take time to know Jesus Christ more intimately.

  3. Be equipped by a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

  4. Stand for what is right.

Whatever the plan or project, our “greatest investment” is in the lives of the people around us that we influence and build up along the way. God will give us success when we do things His way. Everything on earth changes and is temporary; God never changes. Knowing Him who holds the world in His hand is crucial! Accomplishments will be left behind; Success will be with you forever. It really is all about who you know and having the right relationship(s). Plan it, build it, pursue it, but do it with true success.

Tom Yerman has been an FCA Pastor and Minister for many years in the Chicagoland area.

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