The Secret to Success

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

” ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:19-30 NIV84)

Based upon the master’s response to each servant, we can pull out a very important principle from this parable that Jesus shares in the Gospel of Matthew. The principle is that true success is obedience to God. We see that each servant who obeyed the master was told “Well Done.” But the servant who didn’t obey was called wicked and lazy.

Today we seem to measure success by the size of the house you live in and what type of neighborhood it’s in. We measure success by how expensive the car you is that you drive or how many degrees you have hanging on your wall. We tend to think success is measured by how many medals, trophies, or accolades you have on your shelf or how many different abbreviations are attached to the end of your name. We seem to think success is measured by the fame and fortune. We believe success is measured by how big your church is or how big your ministry is. We think success is measured by how many Facebook friends or Twitter followers you have.

The most simplest but yet profound statement I’ve ever heard is what Perry Noble says whenever he is asked about why is NewSpring Church flourishing when other churches seem to be dying out and what is their secret to success. This is his response “All we do is listen to Jesus and do what He says.” In other words if you truly want to be successful just be obedient to whatever God tells you to do.

So are you feeling like a failure? What is it that God is telling you to do? Start listening, start doing, and see if you don’t find true fulfillment, true joy, and success in every endeavor.

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