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Friday, July 11, 2008

Christian Success Or Secular Success - Can You Have Both?

By Warren Adams

There seems to be a belief that a Christian must chose between being successful as a Christian or being successful in their profession or business.

The truth is you can not be truly successful if you leave God and his Word out of your endeavors. "The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established." Proverbs 16: 1-3.

As you strive to achieve your goals do not forget if you are a Christian you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. You can gain material wealth, position in your job and the accolades of society but they have no eternal value unless you follow the guidelines given to you from God's Word.

Every goal, desire, or endeavor should have God's glory as the primary purpose for its pursuit. Why do you want to get to a certain position? Why do you want to have a certain amount of money? What is the purpose for involving yourself with an organization or cause? If God is not in the equation then the most important ingredient is missing.

Christian success comes from being in the center of God's will. All too often Christians get sidetracked, far too easily, and do not question if they are in God's will or not.

The question comes up "What is God's will"? Most of what God wants to see exhibited in your life is written down in black and white. He instructs you how to treat your spouse and children (Ephesians), how to deal with others in your job or business (Proverbs), be holy for He is holy (I Peter) and to love Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:15). These are just a few instructions Christians have a hard time remembering.

God wants you to be all you can be, to accomplish great things in your life. You should develop and use the gifts and talents He has given you. But do not forget Who gave you these attributes and Who holds the next beat of your heart in His hands.

So how can I do this? By doing as Paul wrote to the Galatians "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh". Gal. 5:16. Let Holy Spirit that is in you control your thoughts, desires, decisions and actions.

You will know when you are walking in the Spirit because the fruit will be exhibited. Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23) will be evident in your life. As you yield your life to Holy Spirit, He will lead you to true success, Christian and secular. You can and should have both.

To achieve your goals as a successful Christian you will have to put forth an effort. It is a daily striving. You can find help to assist you in your search for excellence at http://www.warrenladams.com/

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