This is a visual book summary of The Seven Rules Of Success by Wayne Cordeiro. This short book draws wisdom from The Bible and lays out seven life lessons for success using seven memorable characters from Scripture.
Book Summary Of The Seven Rules Of Success By Wayne Cordeiro (Infographic)
Here are some of my insights from the infographic visual book summary of The Seven Rules Of Success by Wayne Cordeiro:
Rule 1: Listen Well
Be like Mary (sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening) NOT Martha (busy trying to serve) – Luke 10:38-39
Practice listening especially during prayer and seek the Lord’s will.
The Hebrew word for “listen” includes the unspoken directive to obey.
Listening = Hearing + Obeying
Rule 2: Be Content
Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.2 SAMUEL 12:7-8
How much is enough for you?
We all are prone to the malady of more. King David was an anointed leader but fell to this malady by wanting Bathsheba (a married woman) and arranging the murder of her husband, Uriah.
The cure for this malady is being grateful for God’s grace through the cross, considering what you receive is from God through righteousness and being content as you are near to Jesus!
Rule 3: Live with Integrity
Don’t be an undercover believer like Nicodemus (John 3:1-2). Go public with your faith!
Jesus told Nicodemus that one must be born again by completely surrendering everything in his life to God. To become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17 & Galatians 2:20)
All of God’s blessings converge on you to enable you to live a life that He has designed for you.
This is a life of integrity lived with honesty, humility and a deep sense of security. No better way to live life!
Rule 4: Avoid Self-Righteousness
Judas who betrayed Jesus was self-righteous as revealed in Matthew 26 where a woman comes to anoint Jesus with expensive perfume. The disciples start arguing whether the money spent on the perfume was used wisely or not. Jesus pacifies all except Judas who goes on to betray Jesus just after the incident.
Self-righteousness is insidious. It makes us pass judgement and take action ruining characters and relationships.
The antidote to self-righteousness is to have people in your life who allow you to vent but are objective with these three characteristics:
- Heart of Integrity: They protect the reputation of those not present and gain the trust of those that are present.
- Heart of Purity
- Heart of a Reformer: They are problem solvers not problem finders.
Rule 5: Choose to Forgive
Her brother Absalom said to her, “Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet now, my sister, he is your brother. ” Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar2 SAMUEL 13:20,22
Absalom killed his half-brother Amnon for raping his sister Tamar and was banished by David. Absalom’s heart was hardened by unforgiveness as he later turned the people against his own father David and took the kingdom. Absalom eventually lost his own life.
Forgiveness is NOT:
- Absence of injustice: Forgiveness allows us to move on and let God take care of the injustices that have occurred.
- Being passive about sin: God forgives freely but it cost Him Jesus!
- Compromising righteousness: In fact, forgiveness indicates how righteous you have been made by God!
Rule 6: Stand by Your Convictions
King Herod in trying to please Herodias (his lover) gave the order to behead John the Baptist (Mark 6:19- 24)
The best way to stand by your convictions is to put God first!
Everything else will fall into place as fear of rejection from people will dissipate.
Put people in their place by asking, “am I trying to impress people or God?”
Also put yourself in the proper place and see how God sees you (see Psalm 8:5)
Rule 7: Maintain Healthy Relationships
Healthy relationships are a key to a great life!
Abigail in 1 Samuel 25 shows how to take action to repair broken relationships by intervening on behalf of her selfish husband to appease David.
GO FIRST to maintain healthy relationships.
- Go first in diffusing anger.
- Go first in speaking words that heal.
- Go first in doing good.