In a world that defines success mostly in numbers and dollar bills, we can easily fall prey to that mindset. A mega church is mostly considered a sign of God’s evident blessing. A large platform is easily equated that God must have His full stamp of approval on it. That may or may not necessarily be the case.
Today, I saw that my second episode from yesterday had zero views. Thank God! I wasn’t much discouraged. The zero views triggered one thought that multiplied in other thoughts, in light of not seeing much, if any, result in what we’re doing in God’s kingdom. It certainly triggered this article 🙂
When You Don’t See Any Result
The initial thought is found in 1 Kings 18, where Elijah’s servant was sent seven times to see a sign of God’s approaching blessing. The first six times, he didn’t see anything. There was “zero result” on the horizon. The reason for his going six times, without seeing anything, was rooted in God’s word through Elijah: “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain” (1 Kings 18:41).
It was only at the seventh time that he saw “a little cloud like a man’s hand,” rising from the sea. The rest is history, so to speak. While we may or may not currently see the desired results in our ministry for God, the main point is: are we faithful to what He has called us to do? That reminds me of what Zechariah wrote, to not despise “the day of small things” (Zech. 4:10).
Do Your Ministry as Unto Jesus
Secondly, about two years ago, I was greatly discouraged in my fundraising activities for reputable ministries. As I was setting up a landing page for a Dutch missionary family in Papua New Guinea, I believe the Holy Spirit brought this verse to my mind: “For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward” (Mark 9:41).
That was an incredible encouragement to me. Whether or not I raised a lot of money through my fundraising activities, each “cup of water” had eternal significance because I did it for someone who belongs to Christ. Whatever we do as unto Jesus has eternal value. It’s the act itself that matters, not the results since we can do any act with wrong motives.
Not so long ago, the discouragement returned and I believe the Holy Spirit impressed upon my heart that I cannot make ministries “drink”—accept my “cup of water” and raising funds for them, even though I freely offer it. That, again, produced incredible encouragement because it isn’t ultimately about whether or not they accept my “cup of water,” although that would be great, but that I did offer it to them. That “offering” has eternal significance according to Jesus. Whatever you do for Christ is what matters.
All Result Belong to the Lord
Thirdly, zero results can be the means to emphasize, once again, that any “victory” belongs to the Lord: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD” (Pr. 21:31). James made that unmistakably clear:
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-16).
Zero results can certainly be God’s means to purge our arrogance with respect to “our” success in life and ministry.
While it’s up to us to use all the available means to do what we believe God has called us to do, the results are entirely up to Him. As long as we are faithful to what He has called us to do, knowing that all our endeavors are wholly dependent on His sovereign will, we are successful, even when we don’t see any current blessings on the horizon.
Mr. Jan Blonk
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