Success: It’s an “Attitude”

by Lester Young

Let’s say you’ve been given an important project to complete. Now this is not just any important project, mind you: it’s vital and it’s big – so big, in fact, that deep down inside you already know you’re not even close to being qualified for it. Aside from doing your best to ignore the tap-tap-tapping of your knees knocking together, how do you handle it?

If you identify with those circumstances, I can say with certainty you’re not the first nor will you be the last. I can also tell you you’re in pretty good company. For instance, a few years ago this guy named Moses had been basically just wandering through life for four decades – decades! (Acts 7:29-30) Then one day out of the blue a very sizable project was unceremoniously dropped right in his lap: God introduced Himself and then – very matter-of-factly – directed Moses to go over to Egypt, free the nation of Israel and bring them out of there (Exodus 3:6-10). Doing his best to ignore the tap-tap-tapping of his knees knocking together, Moses replied, “Huh? Whaaa?? Uh, Lord, I think You got the wrong Moses: You’re probably lookin’ for Moses McGillicutty… he lives a couple miles down the wilderness thattaway.” To which the Lord just looked at him.

Seriously, though, Moses’ actual initial response gives us all the insight we need into his attitude toward the encounter: “Who am I, that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) His focus was all about himself, and his attitude was “Failure” because he’d failed before – spectacularly! (Exodus 2:11-15) God knew that had to change and He immediately began working on Moses’ mindset by assuring him, “Certainly I will be with you” (Exodus 3:11). You know the rest of the story: Moses learned to focus on God’s miraculous ability instead of his own inabilities and enjoyed glorious successes throughout his life (Hebrews 11:24-29).

And what about Joseph? Now this man was knocked to the bottom – literally – on more than one occasion. But Scripture tells us that “the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man” (Genesis 39:2). Whatever circumstances he found himself in, he invariably rose to the top and succeeded because he knew God was with him – and he stayed with God (Genesis 37:5-9; 39:3-4, 7-10, 20-23). Consequently, he ended up second in command of the whole country of Egypt (Genesis 41:39-43).

So back to our project above: Do you think your perspective would change any if it was the Lord Who told you to do it and also effectively guaranteed your success by telling you He’d be with you in it every step of the way? If it doesn’t, it really should. Because when you know God’s with you and you know what He’s told you to do, it goes an amazingly long way in helping you adjust your focus from ‘yourself and what you can’t do’ to where it’s supposed to be: on ‘Him and what He can do’! It changes your attitude from one of apprehension and failure to that of expected success – regardless of the circumstances against you (Romans 4:18-21).

The bottom line? Find out God’s will for your life, and then get to it! (John 2:5) Whether you know it or not, your success is already guaranteed! (Genesis 28:15; Deuteronomy 28:8, 12; Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)


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