The Chrome Horn - Racing With Jesus Ministries

by Rev. Don Rivers

  Welcome back, have you examined the difference between having success and being successful? Remember being successful has more to do with character and less to do with performance. We need to focus on accomplishing the right goal. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  We can be so focused on success that we forget who we have to push aside to attain it. I guess some of us donít concern ourselves with who we leave in our wake as long as we come out on top. I donít consider those types of people successful. They may accumulate all kinds of awards but one day they will be found sitting alone in their trophy room surrounded by their success without anyone to share it with.

  Remember that guy that asked to use your hauler as a pulpit? He thanked you by giving you advice on how to set up your racecar. You were skeptical but followed his advice. As it turned out he knew what he was talking about. Therein lies the one of the most important elements of being successful, following someone who knows.

  We spent some time last week looking into a passage from Luke's Gospel. Here's the passage again so that we can make reference to it.

Luke5:1-11; One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

  In this passage we find the record of how Peter came to follow Jesus. Peter had a choice, he could have remained a fisherman or he could become a fisher of men. To demonstrate the difference to Peter, Jesus demonstrated His ability to catch fish. After seeing this demonstration the passage says Peter left his nets and boats and followed Jesus. That must have been one awesome catch of fish to impress a fisherman so much that he determined his life would be better if he followed Jesus instead of remaining a fisherman.

  I find it amazing that Peter walked away from everything he had accomplished, everything he had built, his entire business and followed Jesus. What would it take for you to leave everything at the track and follow Jesus? Can you even imagine what it would take for you to just leave everything and follow Jesus?

  That's exactly what Peter did. Peter came to the realization that with Jesus failure was not an option. Look at the situation; Peter and his associates had been out fishing all night. They caught nothing. They went back out during the day and caught so many fish their boats were sinking. They had never seen so many fish. Imagine the question that ran through their minds, "Who is this man that knows where all these fish were?" Then Peter decided he was worth following and his associates, James and John, followed along.

  Determining who to follow can be the most difficult step in becoming successful. We have to understand what the true goal is. We think the goal is winning, being first, top of the ladder. The fact remains it is lonely at the top.

  Being successful is having those who are important to you along for the ride. Even more so those who are around you taking part. The most successful athletes are those that make their teammates better also. Larry Bird comes to mind. Not only was he an amazing basketball player, he elevated the performance of the team and they achieved success. Other player are great players but do not have the same effect on those around them. We need to choose the right person to follow! That person is Jesus.

  The three steps we discussed last week lead us to three conclusions;

  1) The first step to being successful is including Jesus. He must be a part of our life.
  2) We must allow Jesus to have control of the direction and decisions in our life.
  3) Jesus will guide us to people, places and things that we wouldn't have met, gone or done if we didn't follow Him.

  If we follow those steps we come to the understanding that;

  1) Failure is not an option when we follow Jesus, He will not fail.
  2) Jesus will do great things. He will amaze us with His blessings.
  3) We must be all in, we must follow Jesus with all we have.

  If being successful is more important to us than having success than we need to follow Jesus. These steps that guide us only serve as reminders that we do not have control over what happens in life. We need to follow someone's direction, someone's example. Who we follow determines if we will be successful.

 Phil 4:13; I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Luke 1:37; For nothing is impossible with God.

  When all is said and done by whose standard will you be judged, the standard of the world or the Biblical standard? With Jesus you cannot fail and nothing is too big to overcome. I encourage you to let Jesus into your life, give him control, follow him with everything you have. You cannot and will not fail. Amen!

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: May 20, 2016

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