How should the people of God define success? Today in what’s called “contemporary ministry philosophy”, success is defined by how large a church is, by multimillion-dollar facilities, spas, handball courts, day-care centers, and so on. But as statistics show, not even one church in a thousand falls into this category.
This ought to tell us one of two things: either most churches are and have been pitiful failures, or the gauge of success in ministry must be something besides a material prosperity. So the question is, “How should the people of God define success”? Should external factors and criteria even be a gauge of success in the ministry for God?
Now the world, and unfortunately contemporary ministry philosophy, says that prosperity, power, prominence, and popularity would be some good gauges of success. But what does God say? “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” 2 Tim 4:2-5.
God says that real success is not “results at any cost”, but it is doing God’s will regardless of the consequences. Let’s not change!