The world tries to give us lots of strategies to be successful. But the Bible gives us the real formula for successful living. It encompasses three areas: authority, attitude, and assurance. ‘Accept the authority of the elders…humble yourselves under the mighty power of God…Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’ So let’s take a look at each of the three areas: 1) Pay attention to those who are wise and have more experience than you. We need to find people who we can be accountable to, listen to their advice, accept constructive criticism and discipline, take suggestions, respect their experience, and follow their example. We need to understand that we’re not called to do everything ourselves, and that we need other people to help us on our journey. Being told we’re not quite getting it right isn’t fun or comfortable. But it’s really helpful for us to grow and mature in our faith. 2) Be humble. In Scripture the ‘hand’ of God symbolises two things: His discipline and His rescue. When we humble ourselves before Him, we’re accepting His discipline, knowing that it’s ultimately for our good. We’re also acknowledging His willingness to answer our cry for help and step in whichever way He chooses. 3) Depend on God’s mercy and care. We’re certain to experience trouble and disappointment, and when we do, we need to throw ourselves on God. The situation may be too big for us, but it’s never too big for Him. It doesn’t mean we never have to put any effort in, or plan for things, or set goals. But it does mean that we’re willing to do things God’s way, and His way is always best.
Take some time to surrender all your plans, desires, and goals to God. Ask Him to show you the plans He has for you, and to help you be successful His way.
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