Another level of living and success in our endeavors is often only available through sacrifice. Don’t reject the word success just because the world uses it but define it in God’s terms. 2 Chronicles 26:5 says, “And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper (accomplish successfully; reach the goal; to go through).” God told Joshua if he would meditate on the Word of God day and night that he would prosper and have good success Joshua 1:8.
Success to a Christian is never the main goal but rather the byproduct of obedience. The world defines it only in terms of having a favorable outcome or satisfactory result but if you obeyed God whether the result was favorable or not you’ve succeeded. Obedience to all God’s written, planned, promised, and put in you. Success is a byproduct of doing things God’s way whether you get the world’s approval, money, or fame. God sees, He is not unrighteous to forget our labor, and He is our rewarder.
What success is there without sacrifice (sacrifice in terms of commitment, consecration, and dedication)? Sacrifice always precedes success and achievement.
If you succeed without sacrifice, it is because someone else sacrificed BEFORE you.
If you are sacrificing without success, it is often because someone else will succeed AFTER you. Every parent that has raised a child knows that’s right.
I pray that this can be the best year of your life, filled with success in every area and in every endeavor God has planned for you.