As a leader in the local church arena, you will no doubt go through seasons of high results (people responding to the gospel, changed lives, spiritual depth) and seasons where you wonder if the Spirit went on vacation. Seasons in ministry are bound to happen so be sure to expect them but do not assume that they are seasons of lose or disappointment. Recognize that when your influence/ministry has hit a brick wall and seems to not be producing much fruit – whether it be as a pastor, organizational leader, or even just a leader to coworkers at a bank – God is not a God of wasted time. Through the seasons that you will encounter as a leader you will be faced with hardship, ethical issues, financial trouble, hurting, heartbreak, and maybe even death. However, before you even get started, make it a life goal that you do not measure your ministry by results but rather how closely you are abiding in what God has called you to do – faithfulness. Consider the Lord’s words in Jeremiah 7:25-27,
“From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day. Yet they did not listen to me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. “So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you.” “.
Here the Lord is instructing his prophet to go and deliver a message to God’s people with the foreknowledge and expectation that they will not listen, answer him, or respond. This is a Christian leader who has been given a ministry task with the promise of no response. If we believed that ministry is about results and seeing lives changed only then how can this be justified as ministry? The point is not that great things happen from every leader/prophet/congressman but that each Christian remains persistently faithful to what God has called them to do. This frees you to work and live not for the praise or superficial approval of other Christian leaders who do not understand this notion but solely for the glorification of God out of unwavering fidelity. As a leader, always set your mind to be working for the purpose of fulfilling God’s will in your life and not for the number of attenders on a Sunday morning, the amount of money coming in the offering, or your popularity. You should always be working with the goal to be faithful to Jesus your lord and everything else second.