Have you ever asked the question in regards to church “what does winning look like?” Is it number of people we baptize? Is it the amount of people that have joined our church?
So I was talking to a friend the other day about what faithfulness looks like. We were talking about Christian culture as we know it today and can’t help but feel the trappings of what many call success. Like talking about numbers. I believe God is big on numbers; don’t get me wrong. He even named a book in the bible …Numbers. But I think it has less to do with the thought of how many and more to do with the thought that EVERYONE counts. As soon as Jesus got popular with a crowd he would say some crazy teaching to drive away those who were only there for another loaf of free bread. But in our world we measure success on how many are in our church or walking the isle and getting baptized. To be quiet honest there are not many people getting baptized in my church. This bothers me of course! Am I doing something wrong? Is my pastor just not good enough at giving an alter call? Is the music not good enough? I dont think thats it. Why do revivals in our church not actually revive our city? These questions bother me and I’ve honestly asked them to the Lord on several occasions. I think there are alot of factors that I really don’t want to get into here- I simply needed you to know where the next thoughts stem from
My question always to myself in my life, with my opportunities, money and resources, freedom, understanding of The Gospel- IS THIS: am I being faithful? The question isn’t how many lives have “I” helped to change….because really who knows. Some people seem to have radical transformation and may not – while others don’t “seem” to respond the way I expect and God may be doing huge things in them.
All that to get to this: in analyzing the ministries of Jeremiah and Jonah. Who was faithful? Who was successful? One guy says all that God tells him with NO conversion. The other guy runs away till a fish swallows him and basically spits him out at Nineveh and he says a sentence to them (begrudgingly) and the entire City is saved! I thought I’d write a bit and give you my insights but they may not be correct….. So maybe it’s better just to think about that question. To be continued….