Posted by: everynation | June 6, 2009

Success

sterling brownby Sterling Brown

Matthew 7:28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

How easy is it to look at Jesus and think he was a success.

1. Crowds followed him – Watch any golf tournament where Tiger Woods is entered and you get an idea of what it must have been like for Jesus. Everywhere he went, crowds followed Jesus. Whether you’re an artist, an athlete, or a business owner, often times the object is simply get the biggest crowd. Sell enough records, gain a sizeable market share, have a big fan following; And then you’re a success, right? it’s easy to think “Jesus was successful because he had a huge following.”

2. They were amazed at his teaching – Growing up I used to watch Jeopardy. And I was always amazed at the people who would blow away the competition with their intellectual prowess. That’s kind of how Jesus was with the religious teachers of his day. But does that mean he was a success?

3. He taught as one who had authority – “You’re fired!” Has become a household phrase, not because of a bad economy, but because of Donald Trump. He is a man who knows he has authority. And if you’ve ever watched The Apprentice, you know the swagger and demeanor of a person who has power and is not afraid to wield it. So then it becomes easy to confuse “having authority” with being successful in life.

Thankfully, Jesus doesn’t leave us in the dark to try and figure out how to be successful on our own.

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Quite simply, success = obedience. Your faith, your life, your finances, your job are all going to undergo stress and difficulty. Obey God. Put God’s Word into practice, and you’ll make it when it hits the fan.

Sterling Brown is the lead pastor of Resolution Church and the author of Sterling Brown Walking in the Light.

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Responses

  1. Good thoughts. In our culture it is so easy translate success=money or success=perfect body, success=adoring fans.
    Kingdom success is stewardship, and serving with your success to build others up.
    I love this series, hope you do more on it!

  2. Great blog Sterling. You are a deep well. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us. Also, thank you for reminded us on how to be successful in life. Obedience to God…I love it!


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