Have you ever considered how Jesus succeeded on earth to the point that His words and acts are still being celebrated, and His followers are increasing tremendously by the hour? Jesus came on a mission and He finished within a short but good record time. What could have been His success secrets? This article gives the secrets of Jesus' success on earth.
And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him- John 8:29 (NKJV)
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him - Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, - Philippians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
Jesus' ministry on earth was only for three and half years but was so impactful and successful; within this period He laid an unshakeable foundation that His disciples are still building on and will continue to build on till He returns. His success secrets (which if you act upon) are able to reproduce the same success story in your life. Let's look at them:
The Success Secrets of Christ.
Jesus was very obedient to the instructions of His father. He came first and foremost in obedience to God. God needed someone to redeem man and He sent Christ to do so - Galatians 4:4-5. And throughout His stay on earth, He lived a life of obedience unto God. This enabled Him to carry God's presence all through His time on earth (John 8:29).
And according to John 3:2, no man can do the miracles that Jesus did except God is with him. In other words, Christ's obedience to God led to the miracles that occurred through Him. Furthermore, obedience led to His name being exalted above every other name - Philippians 2:9
Jesus was the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24) but He needed to be filled with wisdom to be able to succeed in His assignment - Luke 2:40. In many occasions He applied wisdom to overcome the Pharisees' plots. And His teachings were done with great applications of wisdom.
In John 8:3-11, when they brought the woman caught in adultery, Jesus through wisdom gave the Pharisees no room to accuse Him, and at the same time rescued the woman from being stoned.
His teachings and manner of teaching them were profoundly out of wisdom, to the point that the people wondered how he got such wisdom being only a 'carpenter's son' - Matthew 13:54-55. His illustrations and ability to relate His teachings to everyday life made it easy for the people to understand and believe in Him.
This is another success secret of Jesus. The anointing of God in His life enabled Him to go about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil - Acts 10:38. It was when Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit, after His temptation by the devil, that the news of Him went out through the entire surrounding region - Luke 4:14
This was one of the reasons why Christ asked His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they were endued with the power of the Holy Spirit - Acts 1:4, 8. The anointing was to enable them fulfill their assignment on earth successfully. The power of the anointing manifested in the life of Peter immediately after the baptism of the Holy Spirit; the man who could not face a young girl before the death of Jesus (John 18:17)was now bold to speak to multitudes, at the end of which three thousand men were added to the kingdom of Christ - Acts 2:14-42
Christ's humility enabled Him to finish His assignment in spite of the words and actions of the Pharisees against Him. He endured the disrespect and insults of the men He created (Colossians 1:16) that He may finish successfully His mission on earth.Though He was God, being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross - Philippians 2:8.
Humility is a quality that attracts God to you. God detests the proud (Proverbs 16:5) but the humble will He guide in justice and teach His ways - Psalm 25:9. Jesus Christ enjoyed God's guidance because He was humble and the very words He taught the people were the words He got from God - John 12:49-50.
5. Self awareness
Christ knew who He was and believed in Himself and His mission on earth. He didn't need any man's opinion of Himself but God's approval. Self awareness enabled Him to remain focused on His assignment in spite of distractions from here and there, and it helped him to respond positively to people even when they were against Him. On the cross He asked God to forgive His crucifiers because they didn't know what they were doing - Luke 23:34.
He was so aware of Himself that the soldiers sent to arrest Him returned to the Pharisees without Him - John 7:45-46. In John 4:1-42, we see the power of self awareness. The Samaritan woman who challenged Him over a well got saved along with some others from her city. And when His disciples urged Him to eat physical food, He had this to say, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work" - John 4:34 (NKJV)
Jesus was a man of vision. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Christ for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. This joy was His vision. The joy of being exalted at the right of God amongst the redeemed kept Him going even in the midst of heavy persecution.
Jesus envisioned God's kingdom being filled with the redeemed of the Lord and God sitting with the multitudes reconciled back to Him. This vision was so strong in Him that He told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them - John 14:2-3.
Christ's desire was to please His father and one major way to do that was to restore man to his original state before the fall. He knowing how much God loved man and wanted him delivered from destruction, came and endured the cross to achieve the heart desire of His father. He had the vision to see the world saved from their sins and restored back to their original fellowship with God.
7. Word of God
The word of God is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path - Psalm 119:105. Anyone who wants to succeed in life needs to have the word of God as his guide. And Christ being the Word Himself (John 1:1-3, 14) was very conversant with the scriptures and used them as the need arose.
When the devil tempted Him in the wilderness, He used the word of God to defeat him - Luke 4:1-13. And when He was given the book of Isaiah to read, He knew the very place that talked about Him and His assignment on earth; these verses He read in the synagogue, introducing Himself and His mission to people - Luke 4:18-21
And when the Jews accused Jesus of blasphemy, He used the word of God to prove that He didn't blaspheme but only agreed with the word of God - John 10:33-36. Christ was born of the word and lived by the word.
Prayer is the power house of any believer, and Jesus never played with it. Before He commenced His ministry full time, He engaged in forty days fasting and prayer, after which He returned in the power of the Holy Spirit - Luke 4:1-2, 14-15. And when He wanted to choose His twelve disciples, He prayed all night - Luke 6:12-13.
Furthermore, when it was time for Him to be crucified, He prayed so earnestly that His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground - Luke 22:44. And the bible recorded that an angel came and strengthened Him - Luke 22:43
Prayer was a channel of reinforcing Himself spiritually and a channel through which He received wisdom, instructions, guidance and directions from God. So, if Christ who is God needed to pray without ceasing, then we surely need to pray more.
For you to succeed in your field or assignment, you need to learn to delegate some aspects of your work. Team work achieves more than what one man can do. Delegation helps you to achieve more within a shorter period and it gives excellent results.
Moses tried a one man's squad style and he and the people got tired easily. Jethro, his father in-law suggested delegation to him, which he heeded to and it worked out for him and the people - Exodus 18.
Jesus Christ also employed the delegation method in His ministry and this is why up till today the gospel is still being preached though Christ has returned to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God - Mark 16:19.
In Mark 6:7-13, Christ sent out the twelve two by two to go and preach the gospel. They went and people were saved, delivered and healed. Also, in Luke 10:1,
They were to go and prepare the cities for His coming so that the result would be more profound by the time He entered the cities. And they went and returned rejoicing that even demons were subject to them in His name - Luke 10:17.
10. Trust in no man
Jesus loved everyone but He did not put His trust in any man. The scripture says in John 2:24 -25, that Jesus didn't commit Himself to any man, because He knew all men and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
There is no help in man; when his spirit departs, he returns to his earth and in that very day his plans perish - Psalm 146:3-4. Man is not reliable, he is like grass that is today and by tomorrow is no more. Man is naturally selfish, unstable and limited; putting your trust in him is to jeopardize your success.
Cursed is the man that puts his trust in man and makes flesh his strength; he will not see any good coming his way and he will dwell in parched places of the wilderness -Jeremiah 17:5-6. This connotes failure and Jesus wanted success. To put trust in man is to sign for failure.
Christ put all His trust in God, who is forever stable, unlimited and has all the power to keep His promises to Him. God is answerable to no man and depends on nobody for His operations. Blessed is the man that puts his trust in the Lord; he will be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought and it will not cease from yielding fruit - Jeremiah 17:7-8. That certainly is success!
Therefore trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths - Proverbs 3:5-6
In conclusion, Jesus Christ truly succeeded in His assignment on earth. He engaged in the above success secrets and His success knew no bounds; His success is still on and multiplying even though He is no more physically here on earth. You too can engage in these and enjoy success in life.