I wanted to talk with my fellow Officers for a moment today.
Just a simple dialogue.
Spoken or unspoken there is, within our officership, this need to prove ourselves worthy of more responsibilities and ministries to the point of unholy ambitions in our Army. I am not saying don’t work hard, don’t do your best but if our intention is to “outshine” other fellow officers…If our intention is to “look better” than everyone else…if our intention is aimed at solely pleasing our leaders regardless of how we do that…we will have aimed at the wrong goals.
Outcome Based Success…
Much of the time, our success seems to be based upon “goal oriented” outcomes. In a business world this is understandable because in the business world they deal with numbers and figures. Our primary purpose as an Army and as officers is for people and helping those people with the physical and the spiritual needs. We cannot simply use goal oriented outcomes. There is a danger of seeking success solely through these means of outcomes. The danger is that we can lose focus on the very people we are attempting to save and serve. It is often a fine line to walk.
What if we feel Unsuccessful in an Appointment?
What happens, dear officers, when all that we feel about the place that we have been appointed to is failure and defeat? What occurs in our hearts? Is our self-worth tied up completely in living and dying by some sort of “success” meter in Officership? If we do not have 100+ people coming to Holiness meetings on Sunday mornings then we are utter failures as officers? Is that how we are to view appointments? More than likely, on average, your Sunday services are a lot less than 100 people. But why do we play the numbers game and think this is our measure of self-worth? Were we misled to think this way?
I do remember coming out of Training College sort of living and breathing the song “We’re gonna fill, fill fill the world with glory! We’re gonna smile, smile smile and not frown…” But then the real world hit me square in the face. The world, where in order for some people to receive the glory, hard work and love needs to take place first. We serve in a mighty army but many that we serve are hurting, broken, spiritually wounded and stunted. Miracles do happen but we cannot expect this calling to be a cake walk either.
But Be Encouraged…
Although we face a lot of difficulties as Officers and often times we take the burdens of others home with us, we are not alone in this fight! We are soldiers and we serve, first and foremost, the Commander of this Army – Jesus Christ! He has commissioned those Christ-followers to make disciples…and in our Army, perhaps this translates to one or two people in our corps right now. Perhaps it’s not so much about absolute victory in our communities right now, but rather the healing and restoration of a few hurting souls that we already know.
Let earthly success worry about itself…take off that heavy burden that sometimes has been thrust upon us by misleading notions of heavenly success. Let’s do our best, but don’t forget to keep the main thing the main thing in the process. Losing sight of our principle relationship to the Lord
can will cause us to lose sight of every other priority!
We are One Army…be encouraged dear Officer, we serve a mighty God who will provide us the means and direction for the future with and sometimes in spite of those who lead the way.
Something more to ponder today in our Army.
To God Be The Glory!