These last four years I have been changing, in lots of ways. One really good change has been that I am changing from being a person who wants to be seen as a “successful” minister, to a guy who wants people to love and follow Jesus. And yes, there is a difference…a big difference!
A “successful” minister type of guy needs to perform. He has certain expectations and appearances to maintain. Instead of being focused on the work the Master has for him, he is more concerned with how others are doing their work. This guy is critical (of others and self), easily depressed (since there is always someone doing it “better”), and often fails to see himself the way Jesus sees him. This is no way to live life.
It’s such a beautiful thing when someone comes to Jesus, isn’t it!? So much takes place at that moment in a persons life. In fact we spend the rest of our lives being in awe of what Christ has done, is doing, and will do in us. I love how, for the first time, we taste what freedom really is. We are no longer slaves to our sinful side. Nor are we any longer slaves to upholding that crushing list of “do this”, or “don’t do that”.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. – Jesus (John 8:36)
This freedom also includes the pursuit of our own glory. We easily get caught up in that. But, it really doesn’t matter how others see you. How does Jesus see you? What is he telling you to do? Personally, I have been discovering those answers are much more straightforward than I usually make them. When I read the bible I see that I need to be sharing Christ more than I am trying to be “successful”.