Success is often measured by big results. I love football. Especially Auburn football! At the end of a game all that matters is the big W. The win. What matters is who won the game. Same with basketball and many other things in life. When it comes to the spiritual realm it’s much different.
On our spiritual journey with Jesus, success is measured differently. For example, success isn’t measured on a money, possessions or the “score.” Spiritual success is measured in the relationships we build with others and how our relationships draw ourselves and others closer to God.
After Jesus had died and then rose from the dead He then gave a mission to His closest followers. He told them to go and make disciples. They did what Jesus said and MANY people were CHANGED!
Check this out. The book of Acts is an account of the early Church. In Acts 2:41-42 it reads: “41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.
The disciples had COMMUNITY. Community is where we find accountability and encouragement. As I believe the best is still ahead, our community helps us believe that for ourselves when we are constantly taking steps in relationship with Jesus. When we put Jesus at the center of our relationships, we will see success in our walks with Jesus.
God built us to do life TOGETHER. We are to live life in community and not in isolation. Many who lack community actually lacks a right relationship with Jesus or a dwindling away from Jesus.
- Who knows you well enough to know when you’re struggling and to encourage you in your walk with Jesus? Groups are a great place to build friendships with other believers.
- Others need our support as much as we need theirs. Who do you need to encourage today? Who do you need to have a tough conversation with today?