Seasons of success
Acts 17:4 “Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.”
Some … a large number … quite a few.
Our days are like that aren’t they?
Days where we have some success.
Days when we have big breakthroughs.
Days when it is somewhere in between … quite a few.
The sooner we settle in our minds that this variety is actually okay, the better.
Revival-victory-miraculous-divine-exchange breakthroughs do not happen every day.
In 2 weeks I will be attending my denominations annual conference which I have done so every year since I became a Pastor in 1992. Throughout those years I remember well being prepared to give the answer to people who would hail me down like they were perhaps stopping a taxi cab, ‘how many are in your church now Paul?’ and ‘how many have you seen saved this year?’ Well intentioned questions maybe but it often caught me fumbling between ‘some’ and ‘quite a few’. Often I was tempted to throw a curve ball by lying and saying ‘Haven’t you heard? A large number, too many to count!’ But I didn’t.
You see, the truth is, I didn’t like ‘some’ nor ‘quite a few’. I wanted to be ‘large’. Because that’s success, right? In the eyes of man, yes.
Don’t let man define your success in life. Today may only be a ‘some’ day but it can be a great day nevertheless!
Don’t let man tempt you to exaggerate just so they feel comfortable in your presence.
Know that whatever season of success you are in, it is just that, a season.