by Steve Wagers

Spiritual Success
Steve Wagers
Joshua 1:8

I once heard a story of three business professionals who were comparing ideas on what it meant to be a success. The first man said, "To me the ultimate success would be if I were called to the White House for a private meeting with the President." The next man said, "To me, success would be meeting in the Oval Office with the President, have the hot line ring, during our talk, and watch the President ignore it." Finally, the third man said, "No, you've both wrong. You're a success if you're meeting with the President, in the Oval Office, the hot line rings, he picks it up, and says, 'It's for you'!"

Success means many different things to many different people. For example, a sixth grade was asked what they thought it meant to be successful, their reply was:
----the wealth of Bill Gates
---the physique of Arnold Schwarzenegger
---the intelligence of Albert Einstein
---the athletic ability of Michael Jordan
---the business mind of Donald Trump
---the poise of Jackie Kennedy
---the imagination of Walt Disney
---the heart of Mother Theresa
? A recent Gallup poll, in Success Magazine, revealed the following perceptions, beliefs, and opinions about what it meant to be successful:
----46% believed that Wealth was the ultimate success
----31% believed that Power meant that a person was successful
----13% believed that a great Achievement meant success
----10% believed that Good Health identified a person as a success

It doesn't take long to figure out that the world's measure of success, and the Bible's measure of success do not coincide with one another. While the world believes that Wealth proves success, Jesus said, "For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"(c.f. Mark 8:36) The secular realm may feel that having power, or great social status means that a person is successful; however, again, Jesus said, "For whosoever will save his life sh ...

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