5. What Do You See in the Mirror?
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The final question to consider today is: what do you see when you look in the mirror? Consider Ephesians 5:1:
Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father] – (AMP, my notes added)
If you are doing this right, then Christ should be growing and seen in you more and more each day. We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors. This means we represent him in the earth. When people see us, they should see Jesus.
What good would it be to meet success by the world’s standards and we never show the character of Christ in the process? That is not success. Our lives are designed to bring him glory and honor. Not for our purpose, but because in doing so we make Jesus more attractive and ultimately draw more people to him.
This applies whether you work in the classroom, the boardroom, the courtroom, or the bathroom. Our lives should be reflections of Christ. We should remind people of his love, mercy, joy, grace, kindness, and goodness. We should be striving to be men who will represent and show how wonderful Jesus really is.
The Final Analysis
As you can see in measuring success, it’s not just about what you do. It’s how you do it. It’s why you do it.
True success can’t be measured without including your motivations, your integrity, your morals, your ethics, your values…all these things matter.
In other words, success is not just about what you do and accomplish, it’s about who you are and who you are becoming. It's about doing what God has called you to do, the way he has called you to do it. It's growing in your walk and becoming more and more like Christ each day.
Are you are prioritizing the eternal things? These things matter more than just the temporary treasures of the day. If you can do these things, then I would say you are clearly on your way to becoming a great success.
In conclusion, I remind you of the words of the Apostle Paul:
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)
Keep reaching. Keep growing. Keep pressing. Keep succeeding. It will all be worth it in the end.
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Clarence L. Haynes Jr. is a rising speaker, teacher, author and co-founder of The Bible Study Club. He has spent more than 30 years serving the body of Christ in various capacities and has just released his first book, The Pursuit of Purpose. If you have ever struggled trying to find God’s will, this book will help you discover the different ways God leads you into his perfect will. To learn more about his ministry please visit clarencehaynes.com.