As a Christian, what is my definition of success?

As a Christian, what is my definition of success?

This is a broad question and many answers compete evenly as expressions of "Christian success."

Is a Christian successful whose life doesn’t reflect the beauties of the life of our Lord Jesus (Ephesians 4:17-25)? Wouldn’t it be success if the Word of God controlled every aspect of our life (Colossians 3:16)? To live in the power of the Spirit of God, to be "full of the Holy Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18), would produce true success. If God has a specific purpose for each believer and has given each one potential capabilities to reach that goal (Psalm 139:16), living successfully would mean fulfilling God’s plan for the life. Daily walking with the Lord would be a consummate success in life (Genesis 5:22). Bringing continued pleasure to our Father’s heart (Hebrews 11:5) would make life worth living. Effectively serving others (Romans 13:10) during a lifetime would likewise make life a success. The presence of any one of these in a life would necessitate the presence of all the others.

Were a prospective boss to ask a Christian this question in a job interview, he could simply answer, "Success for me is to express the nobility of good character in every choice I make."

D. Oliver