The question has been asked, "how can we measure our success? This is a great question as it pertains to the Christian life. I think we must be very careful how we measure success because God's ways are certainly much different than the ways of the world or human thinking. We have mentioned often that the world measures a church's success based on the size of the membership and buildings. But God is not concerned about how many we can get on our membership roll or in our buildings, but how many faithful men and women can we disciple and establish, and then send them out into God’s mission field? How many can we reproduce into faithful followers of Jesus.
Since we desire to follow Paul as he followed Christ, we should look at the end of their lives to get an idea of how their lives were measured when it was all over. First of all, since we are planting the Seed of the Word of God, we may NEVER see the harvest or results because much of the growth is in secret. We can only plant and water... “but God gave the increase [growth]” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Missionaries who have gone before us gave their lives and never saw much fruit, yet today we are seeing the fruit of their labors like in China, Burma, India, Vietnam and many other places.
Paul never saw us but he kept on even when Demas and many others left him (2 Timothy 4:10). In fact, like Jesus, all deserted Paul who were in Asia (1:15; John 6:66). I suppose the best way to measure our lives and ministry is to be able to say on the day of our departure as Paul said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (4:7). That is my prayer for all of us on that day!
God has the perfect measuring tools!
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