After I gave my life to the Lord Jesus, I sought out how I might serve Him. I wanted to have an effective Christian faith and thought that serving is where we can be effective. But my understanding of being effective was what I knew from the world. We must have the Holy Spirit teach us what it means to be an effective Christian by the measure of heaven.
The most effective saints do not do the most, but simply have faith in the One who can. The Lord Jesus said, “…for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 NKJV).
The more Christ you have in the Christian, the more the Christian will represent Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20 NKJV).
I eventually started serving in the prison ministry. While I was in this ministry, I was so humbled and blessed to be leading people to the Lord Jesus. So when the Lord firmly called me out of that ministry many years later, I was bewildered as to why He would do that. From my view, He was calling me to an isolated ministry of writing where I would never get to lead anyone to the Lord.
Don’t measure your success in ministry by the scorecard of man. “Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ICB).
I was obedient to the Lord and began a writing ministry. I rarely see much fruit from this ministry, but feel privileged that He would even use me. I don’t know if ever I will influence someone to Christ in what I write. I don’t get to see if my writing is effective at all. But it does not matter what I see and what the plans of God are, only that I am obedient to what He has called me to do.
Our success for the kingdom is not measured by how much we have gathered, but how much we have poured out. “God is always fair. He will remember how you helped his people in the past and how you are still helping them. You belong to God, and he won’t forget the love you have shown his people.” (Hebrews 6:10 CEV).
Child of God, don’t worry about how God is going to work through you, only see to it that you are obedient and willing to be used of Him. Effective Christianity is not measured by what we accomplish, but what we are willing to yield for Him to accomplish through us. We don’t need to see how effective we are to be effective for the Lord. Just serve Him in however He calls you.
Kingdom success has more to do with motives than accomplishments. “So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For He will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due” (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT).
The greatest lesson I have learned is that the most effective form of Christianity is not what we do but how we are. The greatest way to serve the Father is to love His children. If you want to serve the kingdom effectively, then represent it rightly. Be a Christian that loves people more than criticizes them. Treat all people with dignity and respect, no matter what you think of them. Be kinder than you are smarter, and you will be more effective in your arguments.
You preach a good word when you listen to what others have to say. “Don’t be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4 NOG).
Being kind is more important than being seen as right. “If all these things [which includes kindness] are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8 ERV).
Stop trying to impress men and think that God is somehow pleased with that. Stop thinking you can serve Him by the standards of this earth and think it lines up with the purposes of heaven. Get down on your knees and pray that He would pour His love, His mercy, and His kindness into you to such a degree that it would spill out onto all those who are around you.
It is not your ability to change others that determines your effectiveness as a Christian, but your willingness to love them just as they are. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'” (Galatians 5:14 NKJV).
Live like it is your last day on earth and watch how kind you are to people. “…be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32 NKJV).
Blessings to you,