Success is...

This past Thursday we talked about success. Success is something all of us want. However, we have allowed our society to define what success looks like. How would you define success? 

In Acts 20:24, Paul writes, "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." 

I believe Paul's life and the New Testament give us a biblical definition of success. Success is faithfulness. Paul's main goal in life was to be faithful. For him, this was success. 

On Thursday we mentioned three things that were a part of faithfulness to Jesus:

 Selflessness

"I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself..." 

Steadfastness 

"...if only I may finish my course..." 

Service 

"...and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." 

At the end of v. 24, Paul explains that he was assigned a mission by God. He was commanded to share the gospel with both Gentiles and Jews. As Christians, we have been assigned a mission as well. We have been commanded by God to love God, love people, and make disciples. 

How would you rate your success (faithfulness) in this area?