James Taylor Jr

Portsmouth, Virginia

Pastor of The Village Church, and trainer for the Billy Graham Association.



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So many times we want people to get saved on our timing. We want them to respond to all of what God is saying through us at that very moment. The problem is that it is never about our timing but more about His. Think about it...we work way too hard in our own strength to see people walking in a realtionship with God. If tell someone about Jesus I want to see them living and obeying God. And I don't want to wait for them to start this new life on their time but mine. But who do I think I am!  I am not God and His timing is perfect. Come on, we have all measured our ministry by numbers and not obedience. If millions of people come to Christ because of you it validates your ministry in your mind. But your ministry should not be measured by numbers but by assignment. If the Lord sent you to witness to one person would you do it and what if that was the only person that you had for your life or that day. Could you handle it being just that one person and take in account you will not get any credit publicly for it? Then that same person turns around and becomes a  world renown evangelist. They are like Matt Brown building a network. Could you handle that person never acknowleging you ever shared Christ that led to their conversion? 

Listen-- the Goal is to finish your assignment and that may not fit the world's goal of what a calling looks like. In our world it's based on followers but your job is to not have followers but to tell them who to follow...Jesus! Focus on your assignment no matter how small it may seem. When you honor God He will reward you for eternity versus popularity. Our goal is to hear Him say "Well done thy Good and faithful servant"(KJV, Matt. 25:23). Remember, we evangelize not for numbers & competition but for meeting needs by calling.

Lord bless us all to focus on the assignment not the numbers! You matter so much to God no matter who and how many your reach.