Success is really how you enjoy life with God and family. No matter what other “success gurus” say or what successfully moneyed people brag about, you can’t go wrong with what Proverbs and Ecclesiastes say in the bible–that success is how God’s 6 aspects of success are operating well in your life.
Wait a minute–this isn’t religion. This applies to all of life, regardless of who you are, what faith you have, or what credentials you hold. Make sure these 6 aspects of success are yours today because they amply summarize what God says about real success in the bible.
God’s plan of success is like a mansion. “In my Father’s house are many mansions,” remember? Let’s take one mansion. The mansion has lots of vast rooms or chambers, like an anteroom, living room, dining and kitchen, perhaps a “dirty” kitchen as well, bathrooms, family room, library, study room, guests rooms, banquet halls, huge gardens and courts, plus other chambers–and of course, the King’s Chamber on the Penthouse level. Now, real success means getting them all, not just a part or two–and especially sharing in the King’s Chamber and Throne.
In other words, true success is enjoying God’s package of inheritance and enjoying it right now, not tomorrow or in the near future or the afterlife. I repeat, you should be enjoying them now. And yes, it’s a package–you can’t choose one and then forget about the rest. Getting just one or two defeats the purpose and spoils everything. Like the “fruit” of the Spirit. There are 9 but they all come in one package called “fruit,” not fruits. You can’t say, “Ah, I just want the love, joy and peace, but patience and kindness are not for me. I come from a hot-headed family.”
For instance, can you say you live in the mansion when in fact all you have is the comfort room? Lots of church people and leaders work all their lives in the comfort room of the mansion, exploring it and putting up lots of urinals and toilet bowls in it. And that’s all they know–how to “plant” toilet bowls. To them, the Kingdom is the restroom.
Toilet bowls are important, to be sure, but they’re not the “Kingdom” itself. In fact, not even a mansion. If you invite them to see the living room or dining room, they’d say it isn’t God’s work–might even be the devil’s. What more if you tell them how to sleep daily in the King’s Chamber?
I’ve tried touring some serious church folks around the mansion–like taking them for a walk to the library and study rooms–but they feared getting “extreme” and going beyond what their denominations taught them. So they hurriedly went back to the restroom. Then all fears were gone from their faces. “Aah, it’s good to be back to the urinals and toilet bowls!” they exclaimed.
The 6 Aspects
Okay, so much for mansions, here are the 6 aspects of success–spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial. All over the bible, the idea is that God wants you to be successful in all areas. He wants you to have all 6 aspects operating healthily in your life. It’s his inheritance-package for us. It’s not just about getting saved through Christ and then doing church activities all your life [this is just a very tiny spot in spiritual success]. It’s about getting all six now and every moment of everyday.
See the plan in 3 John 2.
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
If you don’t get all six of them, you’re not a success, no matter how many trophies, citations, recognition, awards, titles and positions men and their institutions give you.
I don’t care how much money or how many businesses you have, or how big your ministry is, or how happy your family is. If you don’t get all God’s 6 aspects of success, you miss everything! You miss the whole point!
But the best part of it all is that even if we’re not successful and we fall short of God’s standards, we can still celebrate Jesus’ success. And only in Christ can we have all 6, actually. Only if we have truly died with Christ and it is no longer us who live but HIM, we become successful by God’s grace.
And this is true not just in our spiritual and church life, but in everything we do in life, including even our careers, businesses and relationships.