We all want to be successful in life and in ministry. Sometimes we have a problem in defining exactly what success looks like to us and, more importantly, to God. Too often, we look at other people and other ministries for our definitions. When they seem to be experiencing more success than us, we get envious of them. That is never a good place to be. In our envy we forget about our own calling.
Here is an excerpt from the book: The Christian Musicians Devotional. I hope it gives you a new perspective about how valuable you and your ministry are to God!
“Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”
Ecclesiastes 4:4 NLT
Most of us have learned that attempting to “keep up with the Jones” with the latest greatest stuff is meaningless. Trying to accumulate the latest technology, the best house, the newest car will wear us out and leave us in debt. We get it; and we have learned to buy what we need or want based on ourselves rather than other people. But many of us have not learned to apply this same principle when we look at the success, significance, and impact of other people’s lives and ministries compared to ours.
There will always be people who are better known, have larger ministries, put on bigger shows, draw more fans and attract more attention than us. Just as other musicians will have more and better equipment, they will also seem to be doing more important and impactful ministry. It is easy to envy what God has called someone else to do. It is downright hard not to be jealous when they are especially successful at doing it.
But, look at ministry from Gods perspective. How many people do you think He has that will agree to be in a famous band? How many people will accept His call to tour the world? Then consider how many people might agree to stay in their hometown and play the prisons and jails. How many people would say “Yes” enthusiastically if God told them to play at the local nursing home every weekend? Which “ministers” are more difficult to find and so are more rare and valuable?
Gods’ success is all about the heart… are you being true to what God has called you to be and do?
Father, help me to see my ministry through Your eyes. Show me how to base my success on Your calling and my obedience.
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