“Christian success” shouldn’t be viewed as how many souls you’ve won to Christ. Instead it should be based on how well you’ve obeyed and followed God’s perfect plan for your life.
For example, the man who feels God calling him to be a missionary in North Korea, and who obeys that call, but only wins 5 souls to Christ in his lifetime isn’t necessarily less successful than Billy Graham who’s won millions of souls to Christ.
God gave these two men different people to minister to, in different countries, using different platforms. Both obeyed his own calling. One calling called a man to a big platform, resulting in pointing, and winning, millions to Christ. The other calling called a man to minister on a much smaller, more dangerous platform, and resulted in winning five souls to Christ.
But, again, both men obeyed and followed God’s calling. Neither is necessarily more successful than the other. They were called to different paths to accomplish work for Christ. And both accomplished just that.
We tend to judge ourselves and others on how successful we are at life – how much money we make, what job we have, etc. But God doesn’t view success like we humans view success. I believe God views our “success” in accordance with how well we obey and follow His perfect plan for our lives.
None of us will follow God’s plan perfectly – we’re all going to mess up at times – but God can take our mistakes and turn them into good. But we can do our best to release our control of our lives and let God govern our words and our actions – let Him govern every aspect of our lives. Some of us are called to lead millions to Christ; others are called to touch only a few. But who knows how many more lives are touched when we lead just one person to Christ? Only God knows – that one touched person might lead the next worldwide revival!
So do your best to obey and follow God’s plan for your life. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s prodding, as it is through the Holy Spirit that God lets us know what to do. Always be prepared to share the Gospel. Who knows who you’ll touch? And who knows how many people you’ll REALLY touch when you share the Gospel with even just one person?
And don’t get frustrated when others seem to be having more “success” than you. Perhaps this frustration comes when you see other people bringing more people to Christ than you are. Just listen to what God’s saying, and follow His plan. Because His plan for your life is unique; He’s called you to accomplish specific things. Do your absolute best to work toward, and accomplish, that which God has called you to do. As long as you’re obeying God’s plan, you’re doing just fine.
Not all of us are called to be “missionaries” or “pastors”, in regards to that being our vocation. But all of us are ambassadors for Christ – we are ALL called to share the Gospel with those God has put in our lives, no matter where we work or where we are.
2nd Corinthians 5:20 “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 27 “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. …It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
1 Corinthians 12:27 “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”