Cemented on the unshakeable Rock, standing firm in faith, rooted in Truth, and becoming deeply planted in the Saviour’s love – when we remain steadfast in these attitudes and postures of the heart, our soul is released toward spiritual virtue and we find ourselves naturally moving forward in the holy progression of desiring to become more like the Master.
Cynicism and mistrust are the pressure marks that remain on the soul long after the vice-grips of spiritual abuse are released.
We set ourselves up for failure when we measure success only by the outcome that we hope to achieve. While some outcomes may seem predictable, they are ultimately in the hand of the Lord. But what we can do is measure success by the process and journey we take towards that outcome.
Instead of asking the questions like: Did I get the response I was looking for? Was there increase? Did that situation get resolved the way I want it to?
We should ask: Was I faithful and obedient to what the Lord called me to do? Did I do it and follow through with consistent godly integrity? Did I sense the holy presence of the Lord in that situation? Perhaps it is time for us to use a different measuring stick to determine if we did a “good job”.
It is not the things that we do that make us godly. Instead, we can bring godliness to the things we do when we do them from a place of godliness. We become godly when we become more like Him.