Do you ever feel like you wasted a day, a week, or maybe even years? How does it make you feel? Discouraged? Down trodden? Unmotivated to move forward? If we are really honest with ourselves, we would have to answer that we have felt this way at least once in our life. Sometimes it can be hard to decipher what is the best course for each and every day. I believe the Bible has a lot to say about this subject, but often it gets confusing and downright exhausting to look up all the thou shalt and thou shalt nots. If only the Bible would have given us clear, simple directions for daily success.
If I had written any part of Scripture, I might have had some type of formula like:
Step 1: Get out of bed. (It’s hard to find success hiding under blankets.)
Step 2: Don’t mess anything up. (Good luck with that one.)
Step 3: Go do something amazing. (If you did something amazing yesterday, do something bigger today.)
Step 4: Throw caution to the wind. (This has served me well over years. But it has sent me to the Emergency Room more than once. Your call on this one, but success rarely falls to cautious people.)
Step 5: Go back to bed. And dream up ways to be awesome tomorrow.
It is quite clear why God chose not to allow me near the writing of Scripture. But He has given me free rein to talk about it all I want.
So how does one find the secrets to Daily Success? Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. He knew clear, simple, specific directions was the only way for humans to attain success (Success according to Him not success in the world’s terms.). Jesus was being pestered by some Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees who really wanted to trap him in a lie and make Hm look dumb. So they posed a question to Him. You can tell that Jesus loves baseball by the way they served up the question and how He knocked it out of the park.
Matthew 22:34-40 accounts the question and answer. A lawyer asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment in the Law. The lawyer didn’t care about a clear answer, He wanted Jesus to slip up and show preference to one law over another. The lawyer hoped to cause Jesus to do something that would allow his Pharisee buddies a chance to attack. Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment.” It doesn’t get any more specific than that. He had answered the lawyer’s question correctly, but Jesus didn’t stop there. He continued, “The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
I love how they asked for the top Law and Jesus gave the top two. It is interesting though that He said that all the over laws hinge on those two. This simply means that is it impossible to be obedient to any of the laws, commands, or statutes if you neglect those two. But if you are striving to be obedient to those two, then you will be able to be obedient to all of them.
So the secret to daily success is simple, clear, and specific. Let me mention this again! This is not success according to the world’s view of success. This success according to Jesus is being obedient to His Word. This is not some prosperity gospel, a get out of jail free card, or a get rich quick scheme. You will not likely have a bigger house, a bigger bank account, a nicer car, or smaller waistline because you were obedient. But you will find peace, abounding grace, mercy, hope, love, and contentment like never before, as well as the proper posture to our Savior and Lord.
Here it is, just as Jesus prescribed it to us. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Love your neighbor as well as or better than you love yourself. If all of your actions, thoughts, and attitudes are centered on those two things; you will have daily success. The harder you pursue this with your life, the more it opens up and the opportunities for growth are endless. So when you wake up in the morning, maybe you should start with a little prayer. “Father, please help me to Love you with every fiber of my being today. Lord I want all my thoughts, actions, and attitudes to bring you glory and honor. I want your name to be great, not mine. Help me Love those that I come into contact with, Yes Lord, even the difficult ones. Help me Love them the way I want to be loved. Thank you for loving me when I was being difficult. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
I truly believe that if you start your day off like this and keep that your focus throughout, you will be successful each day. God will use such a person to do great things for Him. And there is no greater calling than to be one of His faithful servants. Grace and Peace to you as strive to Love the Lord your God and Love your neighbor as yourself.