Why Rooting Joy in Ministry Success Is Disastrous
Is there a greater thrill than to know someone's life has been permanently transformed because you reached out to them?
It is sweet to know your sister was saved through your series of conversations, or that you helped to disciple a struggling couple whose marriage was headed toward an inevitable divorce, or that you preached a sermon that God was kind enough to use in someone's spiritual awakening.
Each of those things are treasured experiences — but none of them are intended to sustain our joy.
Jesus’ chose 72 of his followers and sent them out in his name. And they found incredible success in healing the sick and in watching demonically sabotaged lives get radically and immediately repaired. The experience must have been intoxicatingly fun.
But ministry success wasn't the most stunning thing, and Jesus warned his followers of that when they returned. He told them to look beyond…