by luketarassenko

I’m going out with some friends to preach in Oxford City Centre this Sunday. I’m pretty nervous. We’re going to be delivering three-minute or so mini sermons to passers by and whomever will listen while stood inside a wooden box-frame that one of us has constructed. I’m going to be saying something like the following, leave me some feedback if you like, whether you’re a believer or not:

I want to take a few minutes of your time to talk to you about “success”. What do you think of when you think of success? How do you measure success? What does being successful mean to you? To you it might mean being good at a job that you enjoy, or making lots of money, or having a long-term romantic relationship, or just plain getting by and being happy.

Well, all of those are good things, but I want to suggest to you today that these things are not the definition of true success. What if you got to the end of your life and you had been really good at a job that you enjoyed, made loads of money, had a long-term romantic relationship, and got by being happy, but you discovered that you’d actually missed the whole point of what a successful life is all about?

The reason I’m communicating this to you today is because I and others have become convinced that none of these things, while they are all good things, are the definition of true success.  In the New Testament in the Bible, Jesus Christ is recorded as saying ‘What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?’ You could gain control of the whole world and have everything in the world you wanted, and still miss out on true success.

This is because true success in life is to discover that there is a God, and that he loves you, and to be known and valued by him, which is something we can all be successful at, regardless of what job we do or how much money we make or what our relationships look like or how happy we feel.

Something we are often very successful at is ignoring God and the big questions about what life is all really about. But I want to tell you today that there is a God, that he loves you, and that he loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die for you.

So why not stop ignoring him today; surely this is worth at least investigating properly for yourself? Come and discover the secret of true success: Knowing that you are loved by a living God!