The Success Criteria for Following Him & Loving Them

harvest1So much of what you do in full-time ministry–and really in the Christian life for that matter–is so intangible and immeasurable.

Seldom are there completed projects, target audiences reach, and people “fixed,” In campus ministry someone is ALWAYS falling off the wagon and there are so many days when you’re tempted to evaluate your worth and effectiveness based on the fruit vs. the root. In the early days of ministry it was easy to get addicted to the adrenaline rush of it all…finding favor with influential people, well-attended meetings, new believers, etc. But is that how God views our success?

During one of the first Campus Crusade for Christ trainings I attended as a student (anyone want to give a shout out for NLTC??) we were asked to memorize the definition of successful ministry…

“Taking the initiative in the power of the Holy Spirit & expecting results from God!”

This has been a focus point for us as we have seen ministry efforts thrive, survive and nose-diver. I hope it will encourage you today to draw those kids closer when you most want to push them away…to love that challenging co-worker…to share your faith for the zillionth time with that neighbor, etc. Take the initiative in the power of the Spirit and expect God to do crazy great things. He is in the Harvest business.

When you’re tempted to question and judge your success based on the results of our labor. Rest and enjoy the fact that He is MUCH more concerned with our faithfulness that our fruitfulness.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”  1 Cor. 3:7

This post is part of a monthly-long blog re-launch and series I’m writing entitled “31 Days of Following Him & Loving Them.”  See all other posts in this series by clicking here.


One thought on “The Success Criteria for Following Him & Loving Them”

  1. Such truth about the “results” versus the process. It is always interesting when years later you discover someone really was listening and accepted Christ ages earlier and just did not speak up. Or, how about that person who came to know Christ and then “took a vacation” and then through life’s turns comes back to Him in a more steadfast manner. It is certainly all the Holy Spirit and we are just the conduit. Let’s pray we can rest in these truths as we face disappointments. Jesus holds the Victory. God never takes a day off.
    Thanks for stimulating these thoughts.
    Love you so much,

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