Lots of people think success is a mystery. They think of it more as art than science. They convince themselves that it is for the rare genius or the lucky. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Massive success is not easy to achieve, but it is simple. There is a recipe. Whenever someone has the guts to put all the ingredients in and stir it up, they get the result.
If Massive Success were a cake, it would always contain at least five elements.
There are many flavors of “Success Cake,” with unique ingredients added beyond the basic 5. But much like the fact that Chocolate Cake, Angel Food Cake, and Pound Cake, though different, all contain milk, eggs, and flour, so too every success cake has five central ingredients in common.
Whenever I speak around the country, I will almost always have someone waiting afterward to pull me aside and ask me “the question.” Once I get home, I’ll get two or three others who ask “the question” via facebook or email. They all word “the question” a little differently and many times they’ll throw in some color regarding their specific circumstances, but essentially it’s the same. “The question” in a nutshell, goes like this: “is it wrong/immoral/unbiblical for me to try to become wealthy?” “How do you deal with the conflict of being a Christian and trying to become wealthy?”
As many of you know, I had planned to start the video blog this week, but alas, I have come down with a severe case of the flu, and trust me, no one wants to see that. The video blog will, thus, begin next week.
In the interim, I thought we would begin by taking a look at a fundamental concept of Biblical manhood and success in general. When it comes to your life, your family, your legacy, your success, your finances, and everything else, the buck stops with you. You are responsible!
There are two errors flourishing within the Body of Christ today. The first is the adoption of a victim mentality, in which Christians rationalize away every consequence in their life as the fault of someone or something else. “If my parents had…” “If I hadn’t been laid off…” “If the church would just…” This error is not my topic for today, but is a significant issue that we will discuss in a future post.