I can’t believe that school year has come and is almost gone!
At the end of each semester we look back with thanksgiving at what God’s done in our midst. We also evaluate areas in which we’d like to push forward.
Yesterday, my awesome boss (who has resigned and we are so sad), led us in this devotional/evaluation time that I compiled for some of our students and that I thought I’d like to share.
Perhaps you too can steal away to evaluate your life and ministry. Maybe your ministry is to a household of diaper-wearing kiddos, a corporate office, a neighborhood or church. Regardless, I think these thoughts taken from “Liberating Your Ministry from the Success Syndrome” can prove helpful in our walks with God.
Who comes to your mind first when you think of a successful person?
Who comes to your mind first when you think of a successful person in ministry?
Numbers 20 (Moses’ success and failure in God’s eyes)
Instead of judging our success based on human, results-driven philosophies let’s ask ourselves…
What does God think?
1. Faithfulness in Faithfulness.
This year, were you conscientiously obedient and faithful to His Word in regards to your life and ministry?
Was I faithful to work hard in what God’s called me to?
2. Faithfulness in Serving.
This year, was I a servant to the students I was ministering to?
Was I a servant to my team?
3. Faithfulness in Loving.
This year, did I love God first?
This year, did I love others more than myself?
4. Faithfulness in Believing.
This year, did my attitude reflect that I actually believe what I say I believe about God?
“Did your life and ministry reflect that you believe that Jesus is the sustainer of every atom, the goal of creation, and the lover of our souls who died for us?”
5. Faithfulness in Holiness and Purity.
Was your personal holiness and growth in Christ the most important thing in your life, or an afterthought?
“What my people need most from me is my own personal holiness.” Robert Murray Mcchenne.
6. Faithfulness in Prayer.
Did you spend time asking God to show up in your life and ministry, or was this an afterthought?
7. Faithfulness in Attitude.
Was the basic attitude toward your life, ministry and students positive or negative?
As you think of this list, were you mindful of these things in life and ministry this year?
(These things vs. other things, such as #’s & results)
Are you personally (and we corporately) willing to do these things in obscurity?
(Unnoticed, no accolades, no numbers or results–Galatians 1:10—pleasing God vs. pleasing man.)
Thoughts to Fight:
“I have crap to do. THIS stuff slows me down and won’t help my life or my ministry.”
“I don’t have time for this.”
Truth: God’s success criteria are not in opposition to hard work and efficiency. Its God’s standard. Not ours.
Questions to Ask:
Why does my heart resist?
Why do I look to numbers and things other than this list to form my criteria of success?
How can Christ’s power be made perfect in my weakness?