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There is a common trait found among people who are continually successful. Yes, anyone can have a successful moment here and there – but if we want to consistently experience success in all areas of life, there is one trait that increases our odds like none other. What is it? I’m down here in the Dominican Republic, with the family, making some new friends. Our time has made me reconsider this trait. When we see it in action, it’s obvious. When we don’t, it’s repulsive. There is a trait that will make you successful, above all others.
Think about it: we all love the company that has great customer service. But what is great customer service? Its caring for the customer. Why would we think it is any different when it comes to our personal interactions with people? The truth is, it isn’t. The relationships we treasure the most are those that we have with people we believe really care about us. No wonder we care about them. There is something contagious about . . . caring.
The common trait found among people who are continually successful is that they care more about others than themselves. This trait will make you successful – consistently – because you will stand out from the crowd. Very few people these days care more about others than themselves. Consider the timeless words of Philippians 2:21:
“For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
Consider Philippians 2:3-4, too:
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.“ (ESV)
If we have every other trait of “success” but not the trait of genuinely looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ and others, are we really successful? If we look out for the interests of Jesus Christ, we can’t help but look out for the interests of others – because Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of doing exactly that. When we follow Jesus, we become like Jesus. We care about Him, and others, more than ourselves.
What about you? Whose interests do you look out for? On your quest for “success,” are you missing success?
World events have our heads spinning these days, don’t you think? Many of the books written about the end times simply regurgitate the same theories over and over again. In fact, I think they may have done this so consistently that we’ve become numb to what the Bible may be screaming to us – for such a time as this. If you’re looking for a fresh look at the end times, check out my friend Joel Richardson’s “The Islamic Antichrist.” If your experience is anything like mine, you won’t be able to put it down.
The Bible says that in the last days a world leader will deceive the overwhelming majority of people and trick them into a false, temporary peace. He will force them to bow down and worship a false god, and require them to receive a “mark” on the right hand or forehead. What you may not know is that Islamic prophecy mirrors Christian prophecy – in a frighteningly antithetical way. In other words, Islamic prophecy, which came more than 600 years after biblical prophecies, is almost completely the opposite of what the Bible teaches about the end times, the last days. Is this coincidence, or something much more significant?
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting Joel and spending some time with him when he came and lectured on the topic at my church, where I pastor. His research into the end times led him to the conclusion that Islam’s savior, their “Mahdi,” may be the one the Bible calls the Antichrist. Will you agree with everything in it? Probably not. The real question is this: “Could what we see happening with the rise of radical Islam be the fulfillment of biblical prophecy?”
This book is a real page-turner, folks.
Traditional books on eschatology (the study of “end times” or the “last days”) are written from a very Western, Americanized, “cold war” point of view. Well-meaning folks have written many books and articles on the topic, often placing Russian and China at the epicenter of biblical prophecy. But do those views arise from a careful study of the Scriptures, or are they tainted by examining world events and then attempting to read those events into the biblical accounts of the end times?
You can get a copy of “The Islamic Antichrist” by clicking on the image to the left. And, you can learn more about Joel by visiting his web site, JoelsTrumpet.com. You can even invite him to come and speak at your church, which is what I did. I not only learned more about the Islamic End Times theory, but also came to appreciate Joel’s humility, sense of humor and heart for Jesus and Muslims. In these dark days, that combination is hard to find.
If you meet Joel, let him know I introduced you to him and his writings. It just may bring a smile to his face.
My son was caught high up in a tree today. I mean really caught. Up HIGH. He didn’t plan for this. In fact, he let the allure of the tree cloud his judgment, so he kept climbing and climbing, higher and higher. He was so enamored that he forgot something pretty important: he’s afraid of heights. Guess who had to go and rescue him? You guessed it. And, guess who else is afraid of heights? Yup, you’re batting 1,000 today. I’m scared to death of heights. To live your best life, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. And, one of the surest ways to do that is to help someone who’s out of theirs.
Life happens to us – not the life we planned, but the life that simply . . . happens. Lots of people are afraid, and find themselves in situations they never dreamed of. They need to be rescued – by other people who are similarly afraid, inexperienced and not quite sure what to do. You know what I’ve found that I bet resonates with you? We never get out of our comfort zones when we focus on ourselves. I’d have never climbed the imposing tree my son was in – until I realized he was in trouble.
Trouble has a way of stretching, maturing and strengthening us – unless, of course, we avoid it at all costs. That’s no way to live your best life.Adversity, not comfort and convenience, is the way we really grow. It’s time to live your best life. Not tomorrow, but right now. Get out of your comfort zone. Until you do, you’re wasting more than your time. You’re wasting your life.
Have you been protecting yourself from the very things that could take your life to the next level? What can you do to get out of your comfort zone, help someone, and grow?
What’s the point of the Bible – and who was Jesus Christ? There are many ways to read the Bible, and many opinions about Jesus – but you and I need to cut through the clutter and get to the point. I think this podcast will help you appreciate Jesus Christ – and the Bible – much, much more.
It’s message 87 in our Life of Christ series through the whole Gospel of Luke.
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