How To Be A Successful Person by Jerry Vines

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PERSON
Matthew 25:14-30
Jerry Vines
10/27/96

In Matthew 25, Jesus told a story which explains
to us exactly how you can be a successful person. It's
a long story, but I'll read enough verses so you will
understand the gist of it and we'll know what Jesus is
saying. The Lord Jesus has been talking about His
going back to heaven and His coming again. In
connection with His coming again He tells a series of
parables or stories and this is one of them we find
right in the midst of that section.
In this story the Lord Jesus tells us how to be a
successful person. We are living in a success-
oriented society. There is all around us the desire
and the ambition to be successful. You go to a
bookstore and you will find that the shelves are
filled with "how to" books. "How to be a successful
cotton-picker." "How to be a successful horn-blower."
The books are filled with stories of how you can be a
success in whatever particular endeavor you would like
to be and to do. None of us want to be a failure.
All of us like to feel that we are succeeding in
what we are trying to do. I have the feeling though
that there are many people today who think they are a
success so far as this world is concerned, but they
really do not know the meaning of success. Success,
as this world looks upon it, is a rather empty
experience for many people. I was reading recently
about a best-selling author who made the statement
that when you get to the top there is nothing there.
Then I read about a successful CEO of a company in
Raleigh, NC, who resigned right at the pinnacle of his
career. Here's what he said, "I climbed the ladder of
success all my life only to discover that my ladder
was leaning against the wrong building." There are a
lot of people like that in the world. A lot of people
who spend their lives trying to be a success in terms
of what this world calls success and they come to the
pinnacle of it all and they discover that they are not
successful at all.
Jesus tells a rather interesting story here. In
this story He gives us the meaning of success. Let me
tell you what a success is according to Jesus. Let me
tell you what this story right here tells us about how
to be a successful person. You are a success if you
use your God-given abilities and opportunities to His
glory and for the good of others. If you do that then
you are a success. You may never be considered a
success in this world. You may never get your name in
Forbes Magazine. You may never, ever, be listed in
Who's Who. In fact, you may not even get into Who's
Not. So, you may not be considered to be a successful
person by this world, but if you use your God-given
abilities and opportunities to His glory and the good
of others, then you are indeed a successful person.
In the story Jesus told here there are two items
of inte ...


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