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Tim Keller Quotes on Success: 7 Memorable Statements From Christian Evangelist

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:47 AM

Tim Keller has been a model of success as one of the most influential evangelists in the country since starting the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan from scratch in 1989.

Called the "pioneer of the new urban Christians" by Christianity Today, Keller has used his religious teaching to help followers connect their faith with success, whether it's professional, personal or spiritual success.

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Here are seven memorable quotes where Keller comments on success:

1. In his book "Counterfeit Gods," Keller describes how false gods can get in one's way of success. "When an idol gets a grip on your heart, it spins out a whole set of false definitions of success and failure and happiness and sadness. It redefines reality in terms of itself."

2. Keller described Jesus Christ and how his works continues to play a role in our lives. He writes in his book, "The Reason for God," that “Jesus' miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming."

3. Keller reminds followers to remember the gospel in all of your efforts. "Without the gospel of Jesus, we will have to toil not for the joy of serving others, nor the satisfaction of a job well done, but to make a name for ourselves."

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4. Keller asked people to work to succeed in something greater than one’s self. “Without something bigger than yourself to work for, then all of your work energy is actually fueled by one of the other six deadly sins."

5. Keller talks about the importance of arming yourself with faith to be successful against critics. "People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask the hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic."

6. In "Every Good Endeavor," Keller reminds followers that success means practicing your faith regardless of what you are doing. “It is a mistake to think that the Christian worldview is operating only when we are doing such overtly Christian activities. Instead, think of the gospel as a set of glasses through which you 'look' at everything else in the world."

7. Keller writes that God must top all idols in order to find success in faith. "Jesus must become more beautiful to your imagination, more attractive to your heart, than your idol."

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