Success is such a subjective term. It’s a word with a definition that varies from person to person. When I use the “success” in reference to Christian people, I am referring to those who have had a new birth experience (John 3:1-5) and are presently doing their best to live a life consistent with Christian doctrine.
Over the last five years I’ve had the opportunity to work with many wonderful, successful Christian people. What amazes me most about this particular group of individuals is not there ability to quote scripture or their exercise of spiritual authority. On the contrary, the most extraordinary quality these folks posses is consistency. If you observe the daily habits of consistent people, you will learn some valuable lessons. And today I want to share some of the lessons I’ve learned.
1. Successful Christians pray. Prayer is important, and successful Christians engage in it. You cannot hope to be successful in the business world without communication. The same is even more true in the church. True Christians pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
2. Successful Christians study. One cannot say they truly know God if they don’t know about God. Knowledge of God and His redemptive plan for mankind only comes from one place: the Bible. If you are going to be a successful Christian, you must study the word (2 Timothy 2:15).
3. Successful Christians attend Church services. There’s a movement that has gained popularity over the last few years which encourages people to ditch weekly church meetings. There are many reasons why this movement has become popular, but the most often cited reason is that gathering together as a group of believers, they say, is not important or biblical. That is simply not true. The writer of Hebrews told the group of believers he was addressing not to forsake the assembling of themselves together (Hebrews 10:25). We need each other. Christianity is not something taught or done in secret. Gathering together to worship and fellowship with like-minded people is important and biblical; don’t forsake it.