Motivating Monday – Redefining Success

Fish Net

“When He [Jesus] 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.” – Luke 5:4-5

Our modern business-driven culture is extremely “results oriented”.  Employers expect impressive results from their employees, students expect positive results from their study efforts, and we expect results from a financial investment.  Unfortunately, this has crept into our view of Christianity and of life itself.  We begin to measure our self-worth based on what kind of results we’ve been able to produce.  But Jesus had a very different definition of success.

Even if Simon Peter hadn’t caught a single fish, he still would have been successful in Jesus’ eyes.  Because he still would have trusted the Lord and followed Him in faith.  Our job is to follow God and obey His voice… the results are entirely up to Him!  This helps us to define success God’s way:

Success comes not from results

Success comes from faithfulness!



Friends, stop beating yourself up about the lack of visible results from your efforts at work and in ministry.  Just stay in the race, keep your eyes on Jesus, and give it all you’ve got.  If you’ll do that, your success is already guaranteed!  Rest in that promise today, and let the God of the Universe take care of the results.




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