We make resolutions or set new goals each year with the desire to succeed. We want to lose the weight, we want to land that long sought after career, we want to get married and start a family. We truly want to succeed at these goals. We do not plan to fail yet that is usually what happens. Why is it we fail? Why is it that no matter how hard we try we rarely are able to reach our goal? I was talking to a couple the other day. The wife was going to go to the store on her way home from work and pick up something to eat. The husband recommended fish since they had made the decision to eat healthier this year. Then they looked at me and said this will last another one or two weeks and then “CHOCOLATE!”
Change needs to begin in our hearts. True success does not come from having great will power it comes from the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. Unless we surrender to the only one who can see us through to the completion of our goals we will fail. When we change then we can bring change. If we want to succeed it requires surrender. I truly believe that the first resolution any of us should make is to give all we have and all we are over to God. Only when we do that will we succeed at reaching the goals we set for ourselves.
When King David was about to die, he gave his son, Solomon, the following advice: “and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” (1 Kings 2:3) His advice was obedience, not wealth or strength or power and influence. It was simply to follow God. Matthew 16:26 reads, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” Those who have given their lives to Christ and live for Him understand what true success is. A person can have all the power, wealth, popularity and influence the world has to give, but if his soul is empty and broken, worldly success is just another name for failure.
To love God is to accept the gift He has given us in His Son Jesus. This is where true success begins. It is then we are changed from within and are given the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom. When we trust in Him and obey Him we can overcome the temptations of the world, and truly find success.
In His service,