Looking unto Jesus and not to the apparent success of our efforts… even when success is granted to us, it is always dangerous to fix our attention on it. On the one hand we are tempted to take some of the credit; on the other hand we may lessen our zeal – just when we should redouble our energy. To look at the success is to walk by sight; to look at Jesus and to persevere in following Him and serving Him, in spite of all discouragements, is to walk by faith.
Are we not forgetting that we are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ? What is the measure of success to a servant? Any success comes under the Master’s direction, enabling and provision.
The service the Master has for you may be entirely different than what He has for me. But each of us has these wonderful words of encouragement from the Lord. “We are laborers together with God.” “We are workers together with Him.” We only ‘succeed’ as we work with Him and then all the glory belongs to Him, not us!
The Lord called Job His servant. It was a title of honor. May we seek that same success and honor.
Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?"
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. I Corinthians 4:1,2
For we are God's fellow workers… and …We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
I Corinthians 3:9 and II Corinthians 6:1
Can We Pray? Dear Father in Heaven, what a blessing that I should be counted Your servant; privileged to work for You. And now I see the deepening of Your grace. I am also one who works with You. Did Your Son not say, “Lo I am with you always?” He is not there to spy upon my labors but to share in them, or better yet He is there that I may share in His. So then let me keep the trust of faithful service to You until the day You chose to call me home. In Jesus Name, Amen.