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Session 9

How do you measure success?

Read: Ecclesiastes 4:7-16

Success is often measured by results. We look at the final score of the big game or the balance of our stock portfolio to measure how successful we have been.

In our walks with Jesus, success is measured differently. Success isn’t measured on a monetary gain or the “score.” Spiritual success is measured in the relationships we build with others and how our relationships draw ourselves and others closer to God.

Most of us have heard Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 read at weddings. A married couple moving in the same direction can go further and accomplish more than one person working alone. And the cord of three strands is a perfect image to explain how our relationships are stronger with Jesus at the center.

Successful relationships with Jesus are rooted in solid community. 

But the idea that a relationship centered on Jesus will continue to grow doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships. It applies to every relationship we have. At NewSpring, we believe you can’t do life alone. The most successful relationships with Jesus are rooted in solid community with other believers.

Community is where we find accountability and encouragement. As we believe the best is yet to come for others, they help us believe that for ourselves! When we put Jesus at the center of our relationships, we will see success in our walks with Jesus.

Reflect:

  • Who knows you well enough to know when you’re struggling and to encourage you in your walk with Jesus? Groups are a great place to build friendships with other believers.
  • Others need our support as much as we need theirs. Who do you need to encourage today? Who do you need to have a tough conversation with today?

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