ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

what is suc­cess?

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For Chris­tians, suc­cess can­not be mea­sured sim­ply by money. It’s not about be­com­ing the rich­est or most fa­mous, but about us­ing the tal­ents God has given us to the best of our abil­ity. 1 The per­son do­ing the most with what he’s got is the one who is truly suc­cess­ful.

How do you do that? When King David was about to die, he gave his son, Solomon, the fol­low­ing ad­vice: “Do what the Lord your God com­mands and fol­low his teach­ings. Obey ev­ery­thing writ­ten in the Law of Moses. Then you will be a suc­cess, no mat­ter what you do or where you go.” 2 David’s for­mula for suc­cess was to fol­low God and obey Him, which re­quired ef­fort on Solomon’s part.

Ef­fort? It turns out that work is highly val­ued through­out the Bi­ble. Gen­e­sis de­scribes how in the very be­gin­ning, God worked for six days to cre­ate the world, and when He de­ter­mined that He had done a good job, He took plea­sure in the out­come. 3 Je­sus said that He had come to ac­com­plish the works of His Fa­ther. 4 And we’re told that the work we do on earth will be tested and re­warded by God. 5

So the harder you work, the more suc­cess­ful you’ll be? Not guar­an­teed. But in any case, Je­sus doesn’t want our work to cause us to feel pres­sured or stressed. He said, “I am leav­ing you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world can­not give. So don’t be trou­bled or afraid.” 6

What if we’re al­ready feel­ing stressed? He can help with that too! “The Lord gives strength to those who are weary. Even young peo­ple get tired, then stum­ble and fall. But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like ea­gles soar­ing upward on wings; they will walk and run with­out get­ting tired.” 7

The above ques­tions and more are cov­ered in the ar­ti­cles in this is­sue. I hope you en­joy read­ing them.

Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

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