Going far simply means walking in the ways of God that yields success as there is a common desire within every person to feel successful.We often measure our worth on the basis of how successful we are. How we measure that success is often based on a worldly standard rather than Godly standards. Going far (success) by the world’s standard often means luxury, wealth, and possessions, achievements, and fame, beauty, and brains. If we measure our lives by the world’s standards we will have an inaccurate and incomplete view of whether or not we are successful. God’s standard of measurement is nothing like the world’s standard. God’s formula for success is completely unlike the world’s formula. And His formula works for every person, in every situation, whether it’s at school, in our business, our families, or our church. The pathway of going far cannot be traveled by anyone who does not practice God’s formula for success. Just because you are struggling does not mean that you are failing. Every great success requires some kind some kind of struggle for one to achieve what he/she desires. Good things come to those who work hard and struggle to pursue the goals and dreams they believe in.
Principles that one need in order to go far
Being strong and courageous is one principle of going far. Courage is seen in the person whose back is against the wall, when the odds are against them, when the pressure is on, when the flaming arrows are close, when the pain is intense, when the attack is at hand. We see courage in David when he walks into the Valley of Elah with his sling to take his stand against Goliath. Joshua has been given a task to lead his army into Canaan and drive out the people who lived there and God tells him to be courageous and strong (Joshua 1:6-9). Secondly, we see courage when Moses stands eye to eye with Pharaoh (Exodus 14:13). We also see it in Elijah when he challenges the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel (1 kings 18:17-19). Courage can only be seen in the midst of conflict and struggle. Going far also requires you to show obedience to God’s command. God’s formula for success wouldn’t be complete without obeying His command. He says “love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31)”. Paul called love the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:8-10); James called it the royal law (James 2:8). Finally going far requires one to be saturated in the word of God. When we try to live without consulting God’s word, it’s a deliberate, voluntary ignorance. It’s not just about reading it; it’s about meditating on it and letting God’s word saturate our spirit. God’s Formula for Success works, but there are no shortcuts. It calls us to be strong and courageous. It calls us to be obedient to His commands, it calls us to saturate our spirit with His word.