Who Are You Making Successful?


I’m in the midst of compiling the top ten lessons I learned when I went through my near-death experience a few years ago. An important lesson is coming to the question “Who am I making successful – myself or others?”

Jesus repeatedly said, “If you want to find your life you must lose your life.” Looking back I now realize I had it backward. I spent decades making myself successful, all the while thinking I was becoming a better “leader.” I believe much of our absorption with leadership, in the Church, as well as the culture at large, amounts to the justification of selfish desires that fly in the face of Jesus’ words and example.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

What can you do today to obey Jesus? In all our lives, God has placed people who feel like anything but successful. Your job and mine are to come alongside those he has assigned to us to offer to lift them up.

Maybe some of the leadership books you’ve been reading will come in handy as you promote others into the limelight you used to live in.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


  1. I wonder if there is something inherently godly in the corporatist model. Since I have been working for a fortune 30 blue chip corporation I have noted a humility common to the top leadership that I lack. I come from an entrepenurial family where everything is about me and ego. I wonder if anyone has given serious thought to the need to loose yourself toclimb the corporate ladder in Americaand how thatrelates to Jesus. Specifically did Jesus put theladder there?

  2. “Consider others more highly than yourself.”
    I’ve often wondered why this Scripture isn’t a favorite in the church. And this entry of yours is a wonderful reminder of an upside-down theology that Jesus espoused.

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