Formula for Success (Read This)!

2626561293_e6218a32dbMany of us are motivated by the pursuit of success and many of us spend time and energy looking for that elusive key or formula that we believe will unlock success in our lives. In the world of ministry, this also is a reality as pastors and leaders search for the formula that will unlock growth and fruitfulness in their Church and ministry.

My Journey

I have been one of these pastors at times who has been desperately searching for the key that will unlock growth in the Church I lead. Sometimes I think I have happened upon a key that works for a season and at other times I have been bitterly disappointed with the results of what I thought was going to be the key.

Look at a TREE

In bringing this issue before Father God over recent weeks, He gave me some fresh insight into this issue. Firstly, he brought my attention to the growth of a tree. How strong, wide and tall a tree becomes is determined by the depth of the root system of the tree in the soil. The stronger the roots are in the richness of the soil, the stronger and taller the tree will grow.

The same principle applies in our relationship with God. The stronger our root system is in God, the stronger, bigger and greater will our fruit be. Our relationship with God is the most important key to fruitfulness in our ministry (Jn 15:1-11). Our revelation of God as our Father determines the depth of our relationship with God. The more secure we are in God as our Father, the more we will trust in him and what he asks us to do.

1 Formula

There is only ONE formula for success and that is a growing relationship with God. Relationship with God involves both intimacy with him and obedience to him. Some of us put emphasis on intimacy with God but don’t put equal weight on obedience to God. Relationship with God has to involve obedience as a fruit of intimacy. So it looks like this:

Intimacy with God + obedience to God = fruitfulness of God

John 15:5-8 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit for apart from me you can do nothing… By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

Obedience to God that flows from a lifestyle of intimacy with God produces the fruitfulness of God. Everything else is simply decorations. Stop getting caught up in trends, techniques and decorations and look straight into the face of your Father and ask the hard questions about your relationship with Him.

It’s not about how much capacity you have!

It’s easy to think that if we build capacity then we will be successful in our chosen field but there are plenty of people with capacity that don’t bear a lot of fruit (if any) because their relationship with God is weak or at very best average. Life is all about relationship with God – the condition of your relationship will determine everything else in your life.

Lead the Change!

One Response to “Formula for Success (Read This)!”

  1. Cory-
    Great insights; I agree intimacy+obedience=fruitfulness. I believe there is a large emphasis on intimacy with God in the Church today, yet I always go back to the good ol’ fashioned fear-of-the-Lord as the starting place for that intimacy. If we don’t respect God for who he is, and recognize that he is the Sovereign of creation, we, in our human nature, tend to “cheapen” that intimacy and begin to take it for granted. Knowing that God desires intimacy with us as the all-powerful Creator, should drive us even closer to him, as David wrote: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps. 8). Then our obedience springs almost automatically in response to the mercy extended to us from the hand of our gracious King and Creator. How can we possibly resist love like that?

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