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1 Samuel on Success August 23, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Random Musings.
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Joe,

Thanks for the link, certainly that is a good way to look at success. It is a sad thing that in our day, so many churches measure success in terms of numerical growth. Will it really be successful for a church to have 20,000 people on Sunday morning, only to have 18,000 of them hear the Lord Jesus say on the last day, “Depart from Me, you evildoers. I never knew you.” If there is not a passion for the greatness of Jesus Christ, then it really doesn’t matter what appears to be going well to the external eye.

I have to battle this wrong notion of success as I serve the young people in Koinonia. How easy it is to fall into the temptation to evaluate the effectiveness of the ministry based on how many people are coming out each Sunday night. Yet how irrelevant that is, if they do not have a zeal for the glory of Christ that leads them to devote every area of their lives to the hallowing of His name!

We must always be mindful of the truth of 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Longing for a heart that pleases Him,

Larry

PS — I think that was your personal record for shortest post!

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1. solagratia - August 23, 2006

Amen, Larry. It’s about the hearts of the people in a ministry, not the numbers!


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