THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS IS BY CHOICE
It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. Heb. 11:24-25.
Introduction: Moses became one of Israel’s greatest leaders, a prophet and a lawgiver. But when he was born, his people were slaves in Egypt. By choice, rather than chance, his parent refused the order of the Egyptian officials that all Hebrew baby boys should be killed. It is a matter of choice through faith that Moses disowned the palace. He gave up the comfort of being called son of Pharaoh’s daughter because he realized that the choice you make determine the chance you have and the chance you have is dictated by the choice you make.
Every being is created for success and every individual is a potential success. The fact is that only few turn their potentiality into reality while others chose not to. Every successful person could have been a failure except that they chose otherwise.
In the same way, every failure could have been a success if they had not chosen otherwise. We are created with the power of choice. That is the essence of our being created in the image and in the likeness of God. God gave man the power of choice from the Garden of Eden. Rather than choosing the right, Adam failed by choice. Man has a will to do a thing or not to do it. It is important to know that every choice you make have a consequence. To make the right choice that leads to success, the under listed principles must be followed:
1. Identifying With the Godly: The world today can be divided into two categories. The godly and the ungodly. The right to chose where to belong is yours; but the scripture require in Psalm 1 that blessed is the man that walk not in the counsel of the ungodly: nor stand in the way of sinner. The right choice that gives true success is to align with godly people. No matter the wealth of the ungodly, it will end in a day like Lot’s possession. He joined with the ungodly in Sodom and lost all that he had labored for. Moses chose to identify with the suffering masses of the Hebrews and he was successful.
2. Enduring the Pain: Pain is what makes some people to choose wrongly, it can make you better or bitter. Moses does not count the pain of identifying with the Hebrews. The path of endurance is cardinal in the journey to success. It is the price you pay to ascend your throne as everything precious comes out of pressures. How much sweat you are willing to give today will determine how much sweet you will enjoy tomorrow.
Today’s church is full of earthen vessels with a few gold and silver ones, because many people are not willing to endure the pain and pressure of refining, thus many resort to short cut, and those who dodge the pain will miss the pleasure. Endurance is the identity card of men of prominence. Moses denied the pleasures of sin to enjoy the glory that was set before him. He later became a terror to Pharaoh.
Endurance is required for outstanding distinction in life; for unless a man strives lawfully in a race like Paul remarked in II Tim. 2:3-6 he cannot win the prize. It is my earnest prayer that we shall receive grace from heaven to endure and make right choice in life.
3. Paying the Price:- In the journey to success there is a price tag that must be paid. Jesus speaking in Luke 14:28 stated for which of you, intending to build a tower will not first sit down and count the cost whether he will have sufficient to finish it: There is a place for each and everyone of us at the top but the place is not by chance neither is it free; there is a price to be paid to secure it. In Psalm 126:3, the scripture stated that the Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad, but verses 5 and 6 reveal the condition to the great things which includes sowing in tears to reap in joy and he that go forth and weeping bearing precious seed shall doubtless come again rejoicing bringing in the sheaves.
It takes great price to attain success. Moses paid a great price. He denied the throne of Egypt to lead the people of God to the promise land. Jesus Christ our perfect example was born of the Holy Spirit, and came down to earth from heaven on a mission, yet He had to pay the price for greatness and the profit is forever, The Bible declared that “of the increase of His kingdom, there shall be no end”.
One day, the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus begging that He grant her two sons to sit one on the right hand, and the other on the left in His kingdom (Matt. 20:21-22).The answer given by Jesus to the prayer reveals that the journey to success is not only by the amount of prayer but the price we are prepared to pay until the cost is counted and paid, the path to success will continue to be unrealized, unachievable and unfulfilled. Whatever your aspiration and desire for the top may be, be prepared to pay the price beginning from today and it will be delivered into your hand tomorrow.
4. Sacrifice:- Jesus categorically stated that “verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone, but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24). The ladder to the top is that of sacrifice. The grace for sacrifice is the path to significance. The reason there are many failures in the church is because most people sit down with folded hands waiting for something to happen. We are co-laborers with God, and until we cooperate with God and fulfill our part, God is not committed to doing His part.
There must first be a dying, to self (sin and satan) before living can be meaningful and colourful. Be ready to give what it takes to succeed in life, so you do not end up as a wasted generation. Place value on your time, talents, treasure and every covenant resources at your disposal and invest them appropriately as a man who is in a race for a prize.
Conclusion:- To succeed in the journey of life is by choice not by chance but it requires that we identify with the godly, endure the pain, pay the price and be ready to sacrifice. Every season of harvest is preceeded by a season of planting where sacrifice is inevitable. So do not expect to reap success until you are ready to walk with God and his people. If you want to make it to the top, the law of endurance must be embraced; the harder you are on yourself, the higher you will soar in life. Remember that it was Moses choice to align himself with God’s people. Do not live your life by chance but live it by choice.