‘Whenever success is made the motive of service, infidelity to our Lord is the inevitable result…The only way to keep true to God is by a steady persistent refusal to be interested in Christian work and to be interested alone in Jesus Christ.’    Oswald Chambers


This is a very perceptive and sharp observation by Chambers. Such a difficult tension to maintain in ministry…Often our hearts desire ‘success’ (usually associated with more people, more monies, more churches, more small groups) and often the people we serve as well as the leaders above us demand it from us.


It makes me wonder what God’s definition of success is and what His evaluating standards will be in eternity.


Often our pursuit of success might bring us into danger:

       Becoming workaholics that neglect their own souls

       Becoming liars that inflate statistics

       Becoming people-pleasers that ignore His pleasure

       Becoming obsessed with our image rather than our character


I guess while growth is a healthy outcome of the Spirit’s work in a community (I long for an Acts 2:42f experience with us) we must guard our hearts as His servants and fix our eyes on Him, live to please Him alone and pursue His approval (well done good and faithful servant) above everything else.

2 thoughts on “Success

  1. Just going through the same thoughts myself. I was at a church meeting I lead the other night and was frustrated by how many people were there.

    Over the last few days I’ve felt God’s conviction about my frustration – the numbers are God’s issue not mine, my role is to be faithful in doing what I am called to do.

  2. So true Graham. I wonder how often, the way we react becomes a reflection of our own hearts.

    We fail to forget that His Kingdom is an ‘upside-down’ one – see Matthew 5-7.

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