James Taylor Jr

Portsmouth, Virginia

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





We often want people to get saved on our timing. We want them to respond to what God is saying through us at that 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 relationship with God. If I tell someone about Jesus I want to see him or her living and obeying God, I don't want to wait for them to start this new life on their own timetable but mine.

Who do I think I am? I am not God. His timing is perfect. At times, we have all measured our ministry by numbers and not obedience. If millions of people come to Christ through your ministry, it validates you in your mind. However, 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? What if that was the only person you would ever lead to Christ? Could you handle not getting any credit publicly? What if that same person turns around and becomes a world-renowned evangelist and they never acknowledging you for sharing Christ with them? 

The goal should be to finish your assignment, which may not fit the world's idea of what a calling looks like. In our world, we judge our success based on followers. However, your job is 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. Our goal is to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:23). Remember, we evangelize not for numbers and competition, but for meeting needs.

Lord, teach us all to focus on the assignment not the numbers!

You matter so much to God no matter how many you reach.