Be faithful. I have often looked down on the statement, “The Lord doesn’t demand success, just faithfulness. It always seemed like a copout, an easy way out that creates a minimal expectation, that fails to push us to higher levels of ministry.
We all should strive to succeed in whatever we do, not for personal gain, but so the Lord’s glory will be advanced. Yet faithfulness is also a crucial measurement.
Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
I do pray that the Lord will say that about me at the end, even though He might have to stretch the truth and do some major interpretation. However, I need to remember that Jesus’ parable was spoken to the several who were successful in making money, using what they had been given.
So we are to be faithful by succeeding with what God has given to us.
And our faithfulness will not be measured by what God gave to others, but what he gave to us.
It is often a tough job to share with Japanese. The response to the gospel is often less than exciting. I remember times of visiting churches in America when missionaries from other countries also spoke. Their stories always seemed to be more exciting, even sensational!
At times like those that I came back to the rule of faithfulness. He desires that I be successful in the work he has given me, to be faithful and not quit.
To be faithful is not a copout, but path to success in the ministry that he has given us.