Defining Success In the Christian Life
What does a successful Christian life look like? I’ve been thinking about that lately. I think I’ve decided it’s one I need to be asking. After all, I’m asking it of myself as a husband, pastor, and writer. I should be striving towards success in all I do and am.
I think the reason why I’ve been hesitant to explore it too much is that I’m afraid that if I seriously consider the implications of the answer I might find, I’ll have to live a life of less. Sometimes, the Christian life can feel like a life of less. And to be successful at it, to live it in it’s fullest, would really be a life of less.
I’m afraid that to be “successful” as a Christian disciple will mean less:
- Money in my pocket
- Notoriety for my achievements
- Time for myself
- Shiny stuff in my home
And the truth is, it is. Christ calls us, in many ways, to a life of less.
But, it’s also a life of so much more.
A Life of More
To be a Christian is actually a life of more than you could ever imagine. I need to keep that in mind. For everything you might lose as you follow Jesus, your return is greater.
To be a Christian is to live a life of more:
- Family. You now have one that stretches across the world and throughout history
- Joy (and one that lasts at that)
- Hope for the future
- Depth in relationships
- Kindness towards your neighbor
- Trust in God’s goodness
- Security for tomorrow
- Freedom. True freedom
- Forgiveness than you deserve
thanyou ever thought possible
thanyou’ve ever experienced
Less of Me, More of God
A successful Christian life is a life less of/for/about me. But, it’s also a life more of/for/about Jesus. And what you find in Jesus is so much more than you will ever find in yourself.
The beautiful thing about it is that success as a Christian doesn’t come to me like success does in my career, as a writer, or even as a husband in many ways. In every other realm of
But, success from Christ is a pure, 100% gift. I have it. I am it. Right now. Today, I have a life of more. Today, because of Jesus, I am a success.