There are certain traits everyone needs in order to succeed. This list will help you identify them and inspire you to inject them into your life.
I write as a follower of Jesus to help other followers of Jesus. While this list is universal in application it is particularly applicable for other followers of Jesus. Here are seven essential traits:
Tenacity. Tenacity is a scrappy and active pursuit of what Jesus is leading you into. It takes energy and ultimately gives energy. Is Jesus leading you to speak, write, engage in compassionate ministry or something else? Tenacity grabs hold of that and starts the work and doesn’t stop until it is done!
Endurance. This sounds like the previous characteristic but I think it’s a bit different. Endurance helps us to show up every single day. It keeps us going through the hard times. In following Jesus, especially, we need endurance. There will be great testing and trials in every day of life! We endure because we have awesome hope!
Faith. Faith fuels our day. Faith in God or in the dreams he has given us keeps us moving. Faith means we believe all the promises and all the power that he gives. Faith means we have our sights set on something more powerful, more possible, more positive than anything we can actually see with our eyes.
Consistency. A great follower will consistently do the things that need to be done. When we follow Jesus, we read our Bibles, we pray, we worship — no matter how we feel. When we follow the dreams that God gives us — and he will give us dreams — we are consistently doing what needs to be done to make the dreams a reality.
Joy. When we follow, we find joy in the journey. There is something about releasing our inner motives to a higher purpose, giving up our agenda for Jesus’ agenda, that frees us from stress and worry. It is easier to find joy in following because we know that the one we follow is fully faithful and he will not fail!
Peace. Just like joy, peace is a by-product of being a follower of Jesus. He is ultimately responsible for the path we are on, so we have peace about every twist and turn. While there may be momentary times of worry or stress, those moments quickly pass as we realize that we are okay! Jesus leads, we follow, we live in peace!
Good habits. A follower cultivates a life of habits that strengthen their ability to follow. They have written or mental list of things they must do to continue to follow. Then, these things become a habit in their lives. We cannot have consistency, without having good habits to be consistent with! We learn these good habits from those on the journey with us.
What do you need to do today to become a better follower? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment.