Two of the most successful men I know, both in their eighties, one, a multi millionaire, Bible school founder and church planter. The other, a billionaire, of Baptist persuasion I’m told, who has given more money for the advancement of the gospel than most people will earn in ten lifetimes.
Twenty-five years ago, I had a chance to speak with one of them and ask his “secret” for success. I was so impressed that a man with a powerful ministry had a successful business background and continued in both, though ministry was clearly his focus.
He told me his secret.
He said he worshiped God daily. He got on his knees and worshiped God Almighty. He was not referring to Bible reading, praying or even singing songs to the Lord, as good as those things are. He was adamant that he spent time kneeling or laying prostrate before the Lord, worshiping Him.
I couldn’t comprehend it. It made no sense to me. I wanted a step-by-step process or method for success. I wanted strategies. He said… Worship God. The rest will follow. I was sad because it made no sense to me. Besides, I didn’t really know how to worship God for an extended time.
Then last year, I met Peter Daniels, a man of conservative faith. He was the first billionaire I’ve ever spoken with. I was surprised to discover that he begins his day laying prostrate on the floor, worshiping the Lord. Two very different men. Both highly successful and both them are purposeful about worshiping God in a deliberate, set aside time, daily.
I still didn’t make the connection until I watched a video online the other day of the first man, Norvel Hayes, now age 87, still telling people they need to worship God daily for an extended time. That if they did that, the rest of their life would come in to order.
I finally connected the dots.
So now I set aside at least 30 minutes a day to do nothing but worship God. Why? I will answer that in more detail in the next blog, but it’s enough for me to know that the Scripture repeatedly exhorts us to worship the Lord.
I’m going to throw out a challenge to the students in the International Christian Business Institute this week. I’m calling it the 30/30 challenge. I want to see what happens in the lives of those folks who decide for the next 30 days, they will set aside at least 30 minutes a day to simply worship God. Whether they do that all at once or in short intervals throughout the day is up to them.
Let me know if you want to take up the challenge and if you do, please let me know what changes for you.
Until next time, be fruitful and multiply!