When you flip a coin and call heads or tails, one is just as good as the other depending on which one you called. In life, however, we want to be heads, not tails. We all like to think of ourselves as successful, but let’s face it, there are times when we think we landed on tails one too many times. So, what is the key to flipping that coin and landing on heads?
First of all we need to define success the right way, God’s way. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we were created to do good works that God prepared in advance for us to do. If we keep our eyes on what we are we were created to do, we won’t have much time for comparing ourselves to others. Success God’s way is using the gifts that he has given us to do kingdom work. Even if our job is in the secular world, there is still kingdom work to be done.
After we have found our place, we can then apply several basic biblical principles to our work that will point us to success.
- Always keep God first. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
- Don’t be lazy. “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (Proverbs 10:4)
- Be honest. “The Lord detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.” (Proverbs 11:1)
- Listen to good advice. “The way of fools seems right to them,but the wise listen to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15)
- Use your money to honor God. “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” (Proverbs 3:9)
- Learn to balance work and rest. “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:2)
One final important step to being successful is prayer. God cares about every aspect of our lives. He wants us to given him our jobs and tasks. He wants to bless us with success his way, but sometimes he is waiting for us to ask. I want to leave you with some scripture prayers to pray over your work.”
“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory.” (1 Chronicals 4:10)
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)
“The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” (Deuteronomy 28:13-14)
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