There are no secrets to success

  

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powel.

This truth is not spelled out in the Bible exactly like this but it is implied everywhere. The message of the Old Testament could be, “There are no secrets to bringing the Messiah into the world. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” It is clear from the Old Testament that God is willing to take a long time and be very patient with people in order to see his plan through. Is being patient with people God’s version of ‘hard work’? Was King Saul God’s version of ‘learning from failure’? I don’t think these words apply to God in the same way that they apply to us. It is similar to the idea of God resting on the seventh day. These stories are put there to teach us lessons and for them to be effective God has to anthropomorphize himself.

The message of the New Testament could be “There are no secrets to obtaining eternal life. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from – and also being forgiven for – failure.”  The message of the New Testament could be this but it is not. Jesus really is the secret to eternal life in every sense that Colin Powel meant when he said there are no secrets to success. Even so, there is a lot in the New Testament about preparation, hard work and learning from failure. I am especially fond of the parable of the unfaithful steward. The master praised the unfaithful steward for preparing for when he did not have an income. The steward used the resources he had while he had them to make himself friends for when he did have resources. The purpose of the parable is to motivate us to use our temporal resources to make eternal friends.

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