HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL! Books on Success are big sellers in today’s market. There is even a magazine called “SUCCESS.” The magazine gives a list of the 25 must-read books on success. One statement they make should cause one to think about success overall. It is that one should take “a comprehensive approach to money, life and personal development because we know that one-dimensional success really isn’t success at all.” Warren Buffett says you will be helped to success if you read about 500 pages of the right material each day. Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year. Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours each day. “A study of 1,200 wealthy people found that they all have reading as a pastime in common.” One thing you note about what I just wrote is that these people are avid readers though we did not mention that they are very “selective about what they read, opting to be educated over being entertained.” I do not believe there are very many books on the market that really relate success to a comprehensive approach to the Christian life as given in the Bible. In fact the bible is the original and bestselling book on true success in life. One can become financially wealthy beyond belief and yet fail to be successful from God’s standpoint.
The book of Psalms starts out with the topic of a successful life stating that, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers,” (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV). Here are principles for becoming successful in life; follow God’s book, read God’s book continually, and continually apply the principles of God’s book because it leads to success or prosperity in every area of life. A true follower of God’s principles will not be one dimensional nor will many be “unbelievably wealthy” financially but any believer in Christ can be successful from God’s vantage point. When King David was about to die he gave his son Solomon this advice, “I am about to go the way of all the earth. So be strong, show yourself a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in His ways, and keep the decrees and commands, His laws and requirements, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go,” (1 Kings 2:2-3 NIV). I think every Christian should desire to prosper in all they do wherever they are and it is an attainable goal. Many books will help you to be one dimensional in life but God’s book will help develop you into a successful person who reflects God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ.