I have been able to extract ten success secrets from my careful study of the life and times of Jesus on this earth. I hope you will be richly blessed by these success secrets.
(1) He was Prayerful:
Jesus Christ understood the fact that He cannot be a good success if He does not have a relationship with His father in heaven through communication with Him.
The story of Jesus in the gospel books is full of Him going to His father at all times in prayer.
“And He went a little further, and fell on His
Face, and Prayed, saying, O My Father, if it
be possible; let this cup pass from Me:
nevertheless not as I will, but as You will
- Matt 26: 39
He knew He needed instructions from heaven if He was to succeed here on earth and He can only get those divine instructions mostly in the place of prayer.
I have been divinely instructed to take one step or the other in business or in other aspect of my life on so many occasions in the place of prayer and I have thoroughly benefited from obeying those instructions.
You cannot rule out divine help if you want to be a good success. This divine help can be yours on a regular basis if you have a relationship with God through prayer.
You must however, strive to live a holy life if you want your prayer life to be very effective. God says in the book of Isaiah:
“And when you spread forth your hands,
I will hide My Eyes from you: yea, when
you make many prayers, I will not hear:
your hands are full of blood”. Isaiah 1:15.
You may be wondering whether it is possible to live a holy life. Well, the good news is that you can actually live a holy life if you take a decision to accept Jesus Christ into your life as you personal Lord and Savior.
When you do this, the Holy Spirit makes you His dwelling place and He begins to assist you to live clean everyday.
(2) Jesus was humble:
Jesus lived a humble Life. The Bible says in the book of Philippians 2: 6 about Jesus:
“Who, being in the form of God thought it not a
thing to be grasped to be equal with God”
Jesus is God He never allowed this to get into His Head; He took a decision to come into the earth as a Lamb of God to die for the sins of the world.
Jesus is God but He took a decision to come into the world using the manger as His maternity home.
Jesus is God but He chose the poor home of Joseph, the Carpenter as His family home.
Jesus is God but He made Himself a friend to all less-privileged people. Even though, He owns heaven and the earth, He still associated Himself with this people.
Humility was a great key to His success on earth.
No wonder God (His Father) made Him (Jesus) to have a name that is greater than every other name and at the mention of His Name, every knee must bow and every tongue must confess - (Phil 2:9 – 11).
Have you allowed the little success you have achieved to get into your head? You need to take a decision to change.
Success is a journey that can never finish. So, the little success you have today is just the beginning of what you can still achieve if you keep your head.
(3) He was Hardworking
“I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work”
Jesus worked very hard during His stay on earth. He made everybody around Him to know that He must do what he has come to do on the surface of the earth.
He knew there will be a time when He would not be able to work again.
He put in a lot of effort to achieve Hs purpose on earth.
Do you need good success? You must be ready to work hard.
One of my mentors once told me when I was starting out in business; he said “Now that you are going into your own business, you need to show everybody that you are not a failure by working round the clock at the beginning to put the business on a good stand”.
This statement, to me, was a call to duty. It was to make me understand the importance of hard work in business. Hard work does not kill, it only strengthens.
So, emulate Jesus, put in all the effort now.
(4) He was an Investor
At the start of the Ministry of Jesus, He took time to search for men he can invest in for the future.
He found the twelve disciples and invested heavily into them while He was on the surface of the earth with them.
The result of the investment was the exploit of the disciples when Jesus had gone.
I wonder what the fate of the gospel would have been if Jesus had not smartly invested in the disciples.
Smart investment of your time, money, effort is very important for you to be a success story.
Great men and women of today are great investors of their time, money and effort. Begin to invest wisely with these resources of yours now and you will be ready to share your success story with the whole world soon.
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(5) He was a Giver
In the book of Matthew 15 verse 32–38, Jesus had compassion on the multitudes that were following Him and He fed them.
You must be a giver if you want to succeed in life. The Bible passage above states that Jesus had compassion on the people and He took the decision, to provide for them.
Compassion for the less-privileged of the society comes first before the decision to give to them. A good giver is a wise investor!
If you are always closing your palms you will not be able to take in new things into your Palms. But when you open your Palms, you can bring in new things.
Over the years, I have come to observe this attribute in the lives of great men and women. They are all great Philanthropists. They give and give and give.
From Bill Gate to Warren Buffet. They are all givers.
So, be a giver and continue to climb the success ladder.
(6) He worked His Passion
Jesus Christ was known to be very passionate about His purpose on earth. He worked his Passion right from His early years.
After a long search for Him sometimes, the parents found Him in the Synagogue teaching. The young Jesus was surprised His parent did not come to the Synagogue to look for him in the first place. He felt, they ought to know that He would be in His Father’s House.
Jesus never struggled when He was on the earth’s surface because He only concerned Himself with what He has come to the earth to do.
You need to discover what you are passionate about and get yourself busy with it.
One of Nigeria’s best ever footballers, Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha was once quoted as saying “I can’t believe my fortune when I got to Germany and people were ready to pay me for dong what I enjoy doing (footballing)”
Yes, the young man enjoyed playing football and he really did wonders with the round leather object. He worked his passion and he became rich doing what he enjoys doing.
You will make more money when you begin to do what you love to do. So begin to work your passion now.
(7) He served Humanity
Jesus rendered a lot of services to humanity when He was here on earth. Even though, He is God, He still served.
Jesus demonstrated His great leadership qualities by taking a decision to wash the feet of His disciples (John 13:1-17). He used the opportunity to pass an important message across to the disciples and it’s the relevance of service to our success in life.
A leader will be very successful if he or she understands this fact. His or her worth is measured by the quality of service he or she can render to his or her followers.
(8) Jesus was Selfless
“Then said Jesus, father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do. And they parted his
clothing, and cast lots”
Luke 23 v 34
Jesus was in deep agony on the cross of Calvary. At that moment He had all the powers to command the angels to crush His accusers to set Himself free. He however decided to pray for the people instead!
What a selfless Man!
You must think more of others than you think of yourself. Everyday, you should always ask yourself what you can do to humanity. I have loved this statement credited to this man, John Bunyon. He said “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you”
A selfish man will not enjoy good success.
(9) Jesus Recognized God’s will
Jesus never allowed His will to overshadow the will of God for His life.
“And He went a little further, and fell on His
face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, If it is
possible, let this Cup Pass from me: never-
theless not as I will, but as you will”
Matt 26: 39
At the Garden of Gethsemane, even at the point of death, Jesus allowed the will of God to be done.
Jesus never did anything outside the Will of the Father, No wonder, He enjoyed good success all through.
You must make conscious effort at all times to recognize the Will of the Father. This is a great key to good success.
Never embark on a project without going to Him in prayer.
The Bible says:
“In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths”
Prov 3: 6
(10) Jesus was Brave
Bravery is an important quality you must possess if you want good success.
The rich are known to demonstrate this trait when taking some decisions on investment. The poor are always scared or too cautious to take risks.
Jesus was a brave man during His stay on the earth. He said this to the hearing of Pilate when He was being questioned in John 19 v 11a.
“Jesus answered, you could have no power
at all against me, except it were given you
This statement can only come under such condition to Pilate from a man with great courage and strength of character.
Jesus, despite the fact that He knew what was going to happen in Jerusalem, in the book of Matt 20:17 went into Jerusalem with His disciples.
“Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and the Son
of man shall be betrayed unto the Chief Priests
and unto the Scribes, and they shall condemn
Him to death.”
Great courage is needed for us to enjoy good success. Jesus demonstrated this while He was on the surface of the earth. He courageously worked out His purpose on earth.
You must be brave and courageous to take decisions that will ensure you enjoy good success.
Sesan Oguntade teaches Success Principles at www.sesanoguntade.com
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