How do you measure success? Especially in the Western world, we measure success using statistics.
We like to look at…
- Increased church attendance
- High Grade Point Average
- Financial growth
- Profitable return on investment
- Exceeding the goal of people served
- The number of people saved (the higher number the better)
Even the weight on our scale speaks loudly about our “success.”
So what happens when…
- The vision you have does not match current realities?
- Your plans do not yield the intended results?
- The numbers decline?
- You do not meet your goals?
- You end the quarter with a financial loss?
- Your relationships remain stressful?
It’s human nature to get discouraged and think—All this hard work, prayer, sacrifice (you fill in the blank) is doing no good. It’s useless!
My friend, if this describes your current situation, take courage. God measures success much differently than we do.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT)
Statistics are important in assessing progress and adjusting direction, but they do not paint the entire picture.
When all is said and done, the Lord looks beyond measurement tools and evaluates your heart.
- Do you serve God and His people with enthusiasm?
- Are you faithful and obedient to God’s call, regardless of the outcome?
- Are you committed to love others no matter how difficult?
- Do you desire to build God’s kingdom instead of your own?
- Do you endeavor to represent Jesus every where you are?
If you answer “yes” to these questions, you can hold your head high. You can resist shame and be confident that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. He will use your service to glorify Himself in His time and in His way.
Heavenly Father, help me to see through your eyes. Remind me that, regardless what it may look like, nothing I have done for You is useless. Continue to use me to make a difference in the lives of others. May I work faithfully for You, confident that You indeed are accomplishing your plans and purposes.