Does the world shock you? Or are you desensitized? Have you been assimilated by the culture or do you exegete culture – look at it from your Christian worldview. Where do our minds go when we are alone? What are we reading? What are we watching?
We do not become Christians, attain holiness and then relax. The pursuit of holiness is a lifetime’s pursuit. King David was a great King – even called a man after God’s own heart. Yet when he did not do what he ought to have done and it leads him to trouble.
2 Samuel 11:1 says: 1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Juab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged (C) Rabbi. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on(D) the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.
You know what happens – he commits adultery and arranges for the husband to be killed. Paul says we should take every thought captive (2 Cor 10:5).
Pursue Holiness in EVERY area of your life.
What Is Your Basic Attitude? Positive or Negative?
This may be a strange question – but it is important because negative people never fully experience success. Their negativism taints their work for God and the experience of satisfaction they might have enjoyed.
This is not mind over matter thinking – because it is based on our view of God.
Do you love God – and I mean LOVE God – as you would love your mom, or dad. Do you get excited at the thought of spending time with your God – in prayer or reading scripture?
Do you trust God to the extent that you can leave the decisions about your life in his hands? Do you trust God to the extent that whatever happens to you is OK because ultimately God will redeem you? Do you believe EVERY SINGLE WORD OF SCRIPTURE – the promises which say I will never leave you or forsake you?
If we do then we can wake up each morning praising our glorious creator, our king and our God knowing that he is for us and we can trust our day, our life and our future COMPLETELY to him and his infinite wisdom. And if that morning we awake and God has decided that we would join him in heaven – die – then so be it.
That’s what I mean by a positive attitude. Look at Paul in the NT. Read his prison epistles – he is in jail and yet he writes rejoicing – Colossians 1:24 begins: Now(BJ) I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake – man that’s positive!!
Or Phil 1:18-21: Yes, and I will rejoice, 19for I know that(AF) through your prayers and(AG) the help of(AH) the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20as it is my eager expectation and hope(AI) that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full(AJ) courage now as always Christ(AK) will be honored in my body,(AL) whether by life or by death. 21For to me(AM) to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Here is my point –biblical success is based in these seven areas – if you are faithful to God’s word, serving God and others, loving God, believing God, praying, pursuing holiness and having a positive – Christ centered attitude you are successful, whether your ministry is big or small, whether people regard you as a success or not.
God’s call to us is to be faithful – and that is really all that matters in this world today, and that is all that matters as future leaders in the kingdom of God.