In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8
Aaron and I have been talking about the word success a lot lately. It can be such a difficult word to truly define - not for a dictionary but for how it is commonly applied to life. The Bible doesn’t define success. It defines faith and it defines love, but it doesn’t define success. (Hebrews 11:1, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
By the world’s standards, Aaron and I aren’t all that successful. We don’t have a bulging bank account (but we want for nothing). We don’t take big fancy vacations (but we do enjoy a weekly date night). We don’t own tons of property, large houses or brand new cars (but we have been blessed with a home that meets our needs and a huge van to drive all these kiddos around). I’m not complaining.
This ministry wouldn’t be considered all that successful either. Organizations don’t come to us for advice on how to run their ministries. We don’t have glossy materials or big banquets. There is no fancy building with groundskeepers and staff. It’s just us. In a house. Loving people.
It is hugging a weeping mom who doesn’t know how to get her sin-entrenched child to safety. It is wonderful young women who call our family, not this house, “home” and are welcome any time. It is gently giving out advice and love and tenderness to the aching and the lost. It is being bold in confronting sin and unneeded destruction so freedom can happen.
Our God is good. He draws in the weak and weary, the tired and the hurting, the ones who have NOTHING to offer Him and He loves freely. He takes us as we are and loves us enough to walk us through the mess. He didn’t come on a throne as they expected the King to come but humbled Himself and took on humanity for all it was. The God-King becoming a baby? And then dying on a cross? That doesn’t sound very “successful” either does it?