5 Success Traits We Inherit From Our Heavenly Father

by Joe Plemon on June 17, 2011

God’s plan for us humans is that we be like him. He not only created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), but He gives His spirit to His children, allowing us to think His thoughts and feel His feelings. Being a child of God means that we effectively inherit His traits, much like our own children inherit our traits.

Think of it: if we have God’s attributes in our lives, we are bound to be successful people.

Although I list only five such traits, I am sure there are many, many others. Please share any additional ones you think of in the “comments” section.

Here are my five:

1. Diligence

God, of course, is diligent – he created the world in six days and never broke sweat. His children should likewise be diligent. We are told to “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23) We do not work for an hourly wage, nor do we work to keep a job or to satisfy our own consciences; our challenge is to work for the Lord himself. A Christian therefore knows that “good enough” is never good enough; only our very best work effort will suffice. This being said, the worker who works to please the Lord is the one who will be recognized and therefore the one who will get those promotions. He will succeed.

2. Creativity

God’s first action was creative. The first sentence in the bible says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. He visualized every detail of the universe and spoke it into being. If that isn’t creativity I don’t know what is. As his children, we too have great potential for creativity.

All of the following were Christians:

  • Galileo Galilei, the first astronomer to use the telescope in his research, discovered craters in the moon, moons orbiting Jupiter and the phases of Venus.
  • Blaise Pascal pioneered the laws of probability and invented early calculating machines, the syringe and the hydraulic press.
  • Isaac Newton, among many accomplishments, discovered the law of gravity and the invention of calculus.
  • George Washington Carver’s research on peanuts resulted in more than 300 by-products while his research on sweet potatoes resulted in over 100 by-products.
  • Louis Pasteur’s research on bacteria led to the process of pasteurization sterilization and the development of numerous vaccines.

What does creativity have to do with success? Simply that creative people think outside the box and are therefore better able to achieve the desired outcome.

3. A can-do mindset

God has never had a negative thought. He has never doubted his own abilities and has never been paralyzed by fear of the unknown. He never makes excuses and he always finishes what he starts. As his children, we should be willing to take on the difficult, to venture into the unknown and to boldly live on the edge. Success awaits those who do.

4. Honesty

Jesus claimed to be “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He was not simply truthful; he WAS truth.

Thomas J. Stanley, in his classic work, “The Millionaire Mind”, determined that the number one success factor for millionaires (according to actual millionaires surveyed) is “being honest with all people”. Does Stanley’s study validate that honesty (an inherent trait of God) really is the best policy? It certainly seems so.

5. Generosity

God is a giver. He created the world for us and, when we made a mess of things, he gave up his beloved son as payment for our misdeeds. The characteristic of generosity is the very culmination of success. Why? Because, pragmatically speaking, we can only be generous when we have goods, time or talent to be generous with. Jesus taught: “Give, and you will receive. … The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38) Clearly, the more generous we are, the more God helps us succeed so we can be even more generous.

Closing thoughts
Because our heavenly father is diligent, creative, can-do, honest and generous, his children should inherit those same traits. This being said, the more time we spend with our earthly father, the more we will be like him. Do you want to succeed? You can do it. How? By spending time with a father who loves you and wants to spend time with you.

Sounds like success to me.

Readers: what other success traits do we inherit from our heavenly Father?

Note: this post is modified from a staff post I wrote for Christian PF

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael June 18, 2011 at 4:05 am

asking questions.

I know it sounds strange but, he created us with a single thought, and then it evolved into all kinds of “questions”/”needs” that he keeps filling.

I honestly think that asking questions is the best way to get the answer – for everything.


dido June 19, 2011 at 3:32 am

joe you are a special man and blog writer! 🙂
god only gives…. his only pleasure is that we will accept his kindness…for his sake…. i dont know if we can do the same in real life… i have lots of things i could share with u about the lord… you have my mail i will be more than glad to share very interesting knowledge with you about it…. i think the closest thing is that we should learn how to give not for our sake.. is that possible ??


sap June 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

great article. i’m happy to read this content.
i would add to this list: Sensitivity. so you can feel the others and love them.


Sue June 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Couldn’t agree more. Fathers’ love are so selfless. My father spent a lot of time with me when I am a child, so I am greatly influenced by my father. And I love him so much!


joeplemon June 20, 2011 at 9:22 am

@Michael — I am not sure that asking questions is a trait we inherit from our heavenly father — I doubt if he needs any questions answered. But it is a great trait toward success and being a disciple of Christ. I heard once that the characteristic all 12 disciples shared was teachability. They didn’t mind asking questions and we shouldn’t either.

@dido — Yes, God is a giver and we should be too (as in my point 5 above). Feel free to share your thoughts any time. I appreciate hearing from you. Your closing thought: “i think the closest thing is that we should learn how to give not for our sake.. is that possible ??” is a good one. I believe we can indeed be unselfish givers, but only through the power of Christ living in us. On my own, I always have hidden motives, but Christ in me can give me the ability to love unconditionally.

@sap — Yes, sensitivity is a great trait which we inherit from our heavenly father. I know that I would seldom consider others’ thoughts and feelings if God didn’t impart his empathy to me.

@Sue — This post turned out to be a Father’s Day post, but not because I planned it that way. Providential? Probably. Anyway I am glad to hear of your love and respect for your father.


mike ortiz June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

Nice article. It just shows how God, in all his wisdom, grants us the power to succeed, if we only acknowledge Him. Thanks for reminding us that we are winners in Christ, and it is only through Him that we succeed.


hongvan June 21, 2011 at 4:12 am

Great article.It makes me proud of what I inherit from my father.Thanks so much for your sharing


joeplemon June 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

You are welcome!


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