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Galatians 6:7 …for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
We must always remember the words of Paul the Apostle when he says in Galatians 6:7 …for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. This applies both for evil and for good and I fully anticipate reaping good because I am sowing good seed that will bring value to the one who uses that seed in his or her own life.
I call this study Obtaining Fulfillment AND Success because I believe it is entirely possible for the Christian to obtain both, first and most obviously in and through Christ as we’re taught in Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:, so it is not that we seek to add to that completeness as much as we hope to show you how that, although we may be complete and acceptable in Christ and made fit to enter into Heaven, it is still possible to feel unfulfilled and unsuccessful. I have found this to stem from knowing we are still not doing something that we feel deep in our hearts that we should be doing. I don’t believe you have to sacrifice true success in order to be fulfilled in your life neither do you have to sacrifice fulfillment in order to obtain true success. (Spoiler Alert: Success is not only defined by your bank account, number of people, in church, or number of Facebook likes)
The following five easy principles will help anyone gain, not only advancement in the world’s system, but as the title suggests, obtain fulfillment AND success in their lives.
What is Success?
A person is a success if they are actively pursuing something they feel called to and created to do. Notice I didn’t say once they have obtained the thing they feel called to and created to do, I said if they are pursuing it; not idly hoping and wishing for it, but actively pursuing it; making some strides, whether large or small, toward that calling on a frequent (preferably daily) basis.
You have to sow in order to reap
The scripture we gave earlier sums this up: Galatians 6:7 …for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Many people want to reap…we ALL love reaping, but God, being a fair and just God, has so set it up that we must first put something out before we can get something back
Give More Value than You Receive
You don’t get more time, so you must give more value during your time! Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. There is no shortage of takers in this world. When the Lord speaks of giving, He doesn’t only mean through money. Although tithe and offerings are commanded (not suggested) and being generous never goes without being blessed, there are other ways to give. One can give of their time and of their efforts. When is the last time you did something that you weren’t paid for? Do you do more at your job than you get paid for or only what you get paid for? If we only do what we’re paid for, we’ll only get paid for what we do. It’s when you do more that you’re paid for, and do it long enough, that the benefits begin to accumulate and people take notice. Even if people don’t take notice, God takes notice! Do it for Him by faith, and as the Bible says, Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Your Reaping is Determined by How Many People You Serve and How Well You Serve Them!
This is where we’ve all missed the mark. It’s natural to be so focused on what we’re doing that we neglect how we can help others do what they’re doing. It’s been said that if you’d help other people get what they want (your boss, your spouse, your leaders, etc.) then other people will help you get what you want (even if it’s not the same people you helped, and many times it won’t be)
This means we must focus on quality more than quantity. You can get quantity by giving out free $20 bills at the door, but it’ll be gone once the freebies are gone. Quality starts with having a quality mentality for our own lives. Instead of doing a “good enough” job, how about doing “a little better” job. Many people will never have true fulfillment or success in life because life is always about how tired they are or how hard it is to do something. They’d rather try to bring others down rather than build themselves, and others, up. But, for those who make quality and serving others their goal, Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
I can’t say this clearly enough. God made you to be you and no one else. Try to do the best you can and be the best you can, but at the end of the day, you owe no one an apology for being you (provided you haven’t legitimately done them wrong). Others won’t like it…accept that…but as long as you know you’re pleasing God, that’s what matters. The rest will take time and God to deal with.
Be Open to Receiving
This is where a lot of people fall short. They are so busy trying to givers they can’t ever receive. Whether it be a financial gift, a compliment, or anything, they push it away due to their own insecurities. They lack self confidence, and self-value. Once we have learned that our value comes from God, we will also have the confidence to receive from others. By denying their gifts of love, we are saying “You are a bad judge of character by telling me that what I did was a blessing to you”. It’s a false accusation that is based upon that person’s own self-image. We will be truly fulfilled and truly successful when we can also learn how to not be the only givers, but to learn how to receive as well.