What is Your standard for ‘success‘?
How do you know if you’ve reached it?
That depends, of course, on the place you’re evaluating.
This week, the Golden State Warriors reached a level of ‘success’ that relatively few teams have…they became NBA Champions!
In contrast, a certain NFL Football team with the colors of ‘Honolulu Blue and Silver’ has never won the Super Bowl–the NFL’s standard of ‘success’. (Have no fear: This is the year!)
For some, ‘success’ has been ‘making it through this school year’. For others, it’s Graduating from High School or College. Some may win awards in their field. Others reach financial goals. Some live out their dreams.
What is ‘success’ for a Church?
It’s important to know what standard we’re aiming for. Is it a certain number in attendance, or a certain level of budgetary health? Is it the number of ‘salvation decisions’, or baptisms per year?
There was one church in the Scriptures which thought they had ‘arrived‘ at the level of ‘success’, and they had gotten pretty comfortable there.
The church in Laodicea had ‘succeeded’ as far as they could tell. They thought of themselves as ‘rich, and without need’ for anything. They were independent, proud, and content.
Jesus had a completely different standard by which He judged them. He said “you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” (Revelation 3:17).
It’s hard to imagine a more stern rebuke from the Lord!
Wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked…Whoa!
This was a Church which thought itself ‘successful’.
Jesus thought differently of them!
I wonder…if you’re a Christian, what would Jesus say to your church?
What would He say to you?
Are you ‘successful’, as far as He’s concerned?
If you’re independent, proud, content, lazy, self-sufficient and comfortable, you’d better pay attention!
What is Jesus’ counsel to them?
“I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.” (Revelation 3:18)
Are you willing to humble yourself before Him and let Him help you to ‘see’? Are you willing to listen to His rebuke, receive His discipline, then repent and ‘get right’ with Him?
If so, there is hope for you.
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:19-20)
This message isn’t to the non-believer. This message is to the Believer…so answer the door! He’s calling you to let Him back in!
The time is NOW!