As a Christian business owner and leader, how do you define success? Is it just a bunch of numbers on the bottom line of a net worth statement? Is it a title, a reputation, or a degree? How about personal power or political influence?
For many, it is one or a mix of several of these accomplishments. It’s the world’s measure of success, but there has to be more, right? As a Christian, how do you think Jesus defines success in His followers? Would His definition include all of the above? Better yet, did His life reflect those values? No, he used the things of the world, but He had a completely different mindset and perspective regarding success.
Jesus' values were eternal and focused on a Kingdom perspective. He said things like "Don't lay up treasures on Earth..." and "Birds of the air have nests and foxes have dens, but I have nowhere to lay my head." In other words, Jesus lived on Earth with heaven in mind.
By the standards of this world, Jesus was an abject failure. He died broke and alone. Most of the people He sought to influence ran away when things became difficult or awkward. One of His best friends even claimed that he never even knew Him.
Understanding Jesus’ success reveals how He will evaluate our lives when we finish the race He set before us. As is always the case, we have clues from Scripture.
Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork created in Christ Jesus, to do good works that God prepared beforehand for us to do.” Beforehand as it applies to God must be before He created time. Being Created in Christ Jesus is when we trusted Him to save us.
The Bible also says in 2 Corinthians 5:10, "For we must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ so that each one may receive what is due us while in the Body, whether good or bad." It could be a judgement of whether or not we finished the "good works" that we were created to do beforehand? Maybe success is being all we were created to be and doing what we were sent here to do, even at work. That's what it was for Jesus. He did what He was sent here to do and He is the greatest success this world has ever seen. We are His workmanship and our success will be like His.
Sounds too simple? The concept is, but it's the living it out part that gets complex. We have the "why", we need help in finding the "what" and "how". Who is speaking into your life and leadership? Are you reaching for eternal success with accountability?
That's why thousands of men and women who lead businesses across the country joined C12 Peer Advisory Groups. They are working together to build great businesses for a greater purpose in a safe environment where questions get answered and answers get questioned.