Defining success as a Christian leader is one of our most challenging, vexing and difficult tasks. If we get this right, fruitfulness, contentment and joy follow. If we get it wrong, feelings of failure, misery, and envy follow.
In part 1 of this podcast, we will look at two idols that dominate current Western culture and church leadership: 1) Measuring numbers; and 2) Excessive concern for what others think.
Jesus shows us that success, as the world defines it, is NOT how God defines success. He was content in appearing to be a failure in the world’s eyes. He did not do much to change the basic structural problems in Israel during his 3-year ministry. The Pharisees/Sadducees still controlled the Temple and religious life. Herod still remained on the throne. And John the Baptist still remained in prison. On the surface, it appeared Jesus ran more of an ‘ambulance’ ministry than actually attack the political or economic powers head-on.
He ended his life rejected. Yet he thanked God regardless, trusting in his un-frustrated Father who was completely in control.
For this reason, in Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, we like to say: Have you ever considered that your ministry, organization, or team may be growing and yet actually failing? Success is first and foremost doing what God has asked us to do, doing it his way, and in his timing.
Listen to Part 1 of this critically important theme here: