Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Glimpse of God's Definition of Success

My most faithful of readers (you know who you are and I love you!) will know that I have been blogging for a while now.

According to the blog’s website: since May of 2011! What?!


Some posts are super duper popular, and others, well, crickets, okay?


In the last 4 years my blog posts have been read over 7,000 times.


Which, in the blogging world, is not that substantial, really.


BUT, in God’s eyes, that’s 7,000 times that someone (somewhere) has read the words that God placed on my heart!


That’s pretty amazing.  


See God calls us to move mountains through Him, he really does, but sometimes he does this in small ways.


It’s like when he moved the mountain of eternal condemnation, with the cry of a small, helpless babe in a manger.


I once read that the power of a Christian leader lies in their ability to serve the one.


That great people know how to serve one person well.


No one, well without use of illegal military force, goes out and forces their influence on a group of people.


You influence one person for good. And another. And another.


Maybe they add up, maybe they don’t.


But the true treasure lies in that one.


See, if God was concerned about being “effective” (as we define it) in growing His Kingdom, I might have been left out!


Was I a spiritual outlier?


But Jesus came and swooped ME anyway.


Many, many, many (most? all?) of the people that I associated with at the time of my salvation are not saved today.


It breaks my heart.


God knows the power of (as Bill put it in his sermon this last weekend) having the bus make EVERY STOP. 

To all who would climb aboard, the doors are open.


We are called to go into ALL NATIONS, to ALL people, EVERYWHERE, to every.single.one.


If my blog and/or future projects reach just one, I am fully okay with that.


Because I, myself, was and am just one.


Luke 15:

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.


In this parable, I see an aspect of God’s definition of “success.”


The joys of the shepherd's success is not in “having 100 sheep.” 
The joy of the shepherd's success is in finding and touching that ONE.


How can your gift bless just one heart today?
How can your words encourage just one person today?

To God, we are all “just one” and to God we are infinitely invaluable.



Isn’t it time we started defining our “success” the same way?

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