Let’s Talk About Success!

Shanda and I watched the movie Fame, the other night… besides some brief moments of nostalgia from the original hit TV show I watched as a kid… the movie was just OK, but the over-all message was a great one. The theme is summed up in a monologue at the end of the film that should speak to us all, especially those of us who are followers of Jesus. My definitions of success have changed dramatically over the last few years, and I think this video says it all…

Please share your definition of success as you see it today, and share if/how that definition has evolved over the years!

Here are the lines that moved me most…

Success is Connecting with the World, and making people feel!

So many of the people around us are in desperate need of the Good News that Jesus is in the business of setting people free and giving them new reasons to LIVE! It’s not just about the future in heaven, the good news is The Kingdom is Here! So LIVE like it!

Finding a way to bind together people who have nothing in common but a dream

God’s dream for you and me is that we would bind together with others under the banner of love and freedom for all!

Success IS Love1 Cor. 13

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing… 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love

Enough Said!

Grace and Peace

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5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Success!

  1. Hmmm, I think you have to be careful with wanting people to “feel” , because it does not always feel great to be a Christian. If you are truly preaching Jesus Christ and him Crucified , or your faith is in him then you may be persecuted, or you may not have so many friends, or even find a church that preaches the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are proverbs that warn us of some forms of “love” that are really false. Like the churches full of people with vacuous smiles , that do not really want to know the truth, or even be taught the truth. I would say success in preaching and having faith in Jesus Christ and him crucified.

    This verse here talks of a false kind of love , I have seen in many churches:
    Proverbs

    13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

    14I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

    15Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

    16I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

    17I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

    18Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

    19For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

    20He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

    21With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

    22He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

    23Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

    24Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

    25Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

    26For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

    27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

    1. You will have to clarify what problem you have with me saying

      “So many of the people around us are in desperate need of the Good News that Jesus is in the business of setting people free and giving them new reasons to LIVE! It’s not just about the future in heaven, the good news is The Kingdom is Here! So LIVE like it!”

      This is how I expounded on the phrase “Connecting with the World, and making people feel”.

      Not too mention, when did I say that they are supposed to “feel good”. I simply said “feel”. The truth is, many people in our culture don’t FEEL anything because they are separated from God… The great commission is to make Disciples proclaiming repentance and forgiveness of sins, which I contend will make people feel again. What they feel is really up to God, not me or you. So we proclaim Him with words and our lives, disciple others in the same, and let Jesus do what He does best.

      Peace

  2. I’m going to quote my favorite preacher: “God never called us to be successful; He called us to be faithful”.

    And might I add, we are to be faithful to the Word. We don’t have to use terminology that is popular in today’ s society or even today’s church. We just have to preach Christ and Him crucified, with love but also with no apologies.

    1. Scott,

      Thanks for stopping by. I like what your saying, but I get the feeling you think we are saying two different things. There is no doubt that success IS being faithful to Christ and his word. As I said in the post, Success is love, Paul says that no matter what he says or does, Love must be the motivation or its all for NOTHING.

      I normally wouldn’t speak to your additional comments, but you seem to be addressing something I said out of context. I’m not 100% certain how using today’s terminology or an illustration from current culture is a problem. If you think so your certainly entitled to that opinion. I see it differently, and think any honest reading of the scriptures shows us that Jesus, Paul, John… all of the biblical authors used their culture and context in their message. I did notice on your web-site you have a “controversial message” called “Dumb Dogs: Every One For His Gain”, explaining how churches, denominations, and even the ever “socializing”(your word) United States are becoming something they were originally meant to oppose… I guess you don’t use any “terminology that is popular” in this message? And for a donation “of any size” I could actually hear it.

      Truth is Scott, the message of the cross can be placed in ANY culture, in ANY language, and in ANY context, and it will draw people to Christ. That’s the power of the God we serve. He can use the simple terminology of a child if He chooses, because he is Lord over all!

      Grace and Peace
      Tony

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