What is success?
“Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.”
Cyprus was a success, the proconsul was saved and being such an influential figure on the island no doubt many more believers followed.
We don’t know what happened to the proconsul nor how long Elymas was blind. But it was time to move on for the team.
Success didn’t mean the island was saved but it did mean they had put in position a new believer, the proconsul, who would bring the island to Jesus.
In AD 325 at the Nicene Council, Cyprus was represented by 3 bishops. These early centuries found monasteries set up across the island and in AD 478 the remains of Barnabas with the gospel of Matthew were found.
Your success could be just to start a chain reaction. One person that’s all it might take. One conversation of what Jesus means to you and how He shapes your life could cause something to last for 4 centuries! Now that is success.