Are You Eternally Successful?

2017-02-03.jpgAs a Christian business owner and leader, how do you define success? Is it just a bunch of numbers on the bottom line of a net worth statement? Is it a title, a reputation, or a degree? How about personal power or political influence?

For many, it is one or a mix of several of these accomplishments. It’s the world’s measure of success, but there has to be more, right? As a Christian, how do you think Jesus defines success in His followers? Would His definition include all of the above? Better yet, did His life reflect those values? No, he used the things of the world, but He had a completely different mindset and perspective regarding success.

Jesus’ values were eternal and focused on a Kingdom perspective. He said things like “Don’t lay up treasures on Earth…” and “Birds of the air have nests and foxes have dens, but I have nowhere to lay my head.” In other words, Jesus lived on Earth with heaven in mind.

By the standards of this world, Jesus was an abject failure. He died broke and alone. Most of the people He sought to influence ran away when things became difficult or awkward. One of His best friends even claimed that he never even knew Him.

Understanding Jesus’ success reveals how He will evaluate our lives when we finish the race He set before us. As is always the case, we have clues from Scripture.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus, to do good works that God prepared beforehand for us to do.” Beforehand as it applies to God must be before He created time. Being Created in Christ Jesus is when we trusted Him to save us.

The Bible also says in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ so that each one may receive what is due us while in the Body, whether good or bad.” It could be a judgement of whether or not we finished the “good works” that we were created to do beforehand? Maybe success is being all we were created to be and doing what we were sent here to do, even at work. That’s what it was for Jesus. He did what He was sent here to do and He is the greatest success this world has ever seen. We are His workmanship and our success will be like His.

Sounds too simple? The concept is, but it’s the living it out part that gets complex. We have the “why”, we need help in finding the “what” and “how”. Who is speaking into your life and leadership? Are you reaching for eternal success with accountability?

That’s why thousands of men and women who lead businesses across the country joined C12 Peer Advisory Groups. They are working together to build great businesses for a greater purpose in a safe environment where questions get answered and answers get questioned.

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  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.