God is more interested in your faithfulness than
He is in your accomplishments.
Paul understood that principle and diligently pursued his calling as an apostle - one of those unique men who were foundational to the church and who were recipients, teachers, and writers of the New Testament.
That was a high calling, and yet, judging from Paul's lifestyle, most people would hardly call him successful - having suffered imprisonments, beatings, death threats shipwrecks, robberies, hatred from his theological enemies, sleepless nights, hunger, thirst, and exposure to the elements (2 Cor. 11:23-27). But none of those things deterred him from obeying God's will. His final testimony was,
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7). That's true success!
Although we're not apostles, we're to follow Paul's example of faithfulness "saints [holy ones] . . . who are faithful in Christ Jesus (Yahshua)" (Eph. 1:1). By God's grace we've trusted in Christ as our Lord and Savior (Eph. 2:8-9) and have received His righteousness (Phil.3:9) and His Spirit (Eph. 3:16) and every spiritual resource necessary for faithful, victorious Christ/Messiah-like living (Eph. 1:3).
What remains is to cultivate greater love for Christ and more consistent obedience to His Word. Those are the hallmarks of a true disciple and The Most High's measure of success. Make if your goal that your life today warrants the Lord's commendation: "Well done, good and faithful [servant]" (Matt. 25:21).
For Further Study: Read Ephesians 1:3-4; 2:10; Titus 2:11-12. What is the goal of your salvation? Are you living each day in light of that goal?
*Source of info: Drawing Near by John MacArthur