“Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business (Luke 2:49)?” is a familiar line when people talk about the passion and earnestness with which Jesus faced His assignment in life. However, we need to notice that the Bible also recorded that Jesus, “…was subject to His parents” even after this famous quote (Luke 2:51). Jesus showed us all through the scriptures how to keep oneself from Success Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Fiend, success is a weight that not too many people are prepared to carry. This is why a lot of people are victims of STDs. I want to ask you today, can you stand to be blessed? Can you handle the weight of success? Can you stay under the responsibility of success without misbehaving? Can you succeed with success? Are you going to move to the next level of success with God or you would truncate your journey with God by the way you are handling this present level?

You need intimacy with God and accountability to the right relationships to keep yourself from falling victim of STDs. Intimacy with God would keep you humble and broken. When God shows you what He still has in store for you, you would handle your present level with care and caution (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). Having the right people that you are accountable to is priceless on your road to fulfilling destiny (2 Samuel 12:13).

Do you have a few people in your life who can call you to order when you are losing your head? Is there still someone in your life who can call you by your first name and talk sense into you when you assume greatness? I know you are now a business mogul, but do you still keep yourself close to accountability relationships? Now that you are married, are you still submitted to the right authority structures?

Now that the ministry is booming and the impact is speaking everywhere, do you still put high priority on your intimacy with God? Do you still have people in your life who can put you to check? Listen, the higher you go in life, the more you need intimacy with God and voices of accountability. This is how to keep yourself from Success Transmitted Diseases (STDs). This is how to succeed with success! You are blessed!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria