Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this,
that the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Luke 10:20 ESV
Jesus sends us, as disciples, to make disciples (Matthew 28:19) and we succeed in varying degrees (Matthew 13:23). But our great value to God is not our fruitfulness; rather it is our relationship to Him. Our greatest ‘success’ in life is no work of our own at all. Jesus says “Behold, I and the children God has given me.” (Hebrews 2:13). This final brief post on the theme of successful discipleship also comes from Oswald Chambers…
Oswald Chambers wrote: “Jesus Christ says, in effect, ‘Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to Me’. …. You never can measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ…. When once you are rightly related to God by salvation and sanctification, remember that wherever you are, you are put there by God; and by the reaction of your life on the circumstances around you, you will fulfill God’s purpose, as long as you keep in the light as God is in the light.
“…. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. All that our Lord heeds in a man’s life is the relationship of worth to His Father. Jesus is bringing many sons to glory.”
From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest
‘…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV