In a 2 day strategic planning for our discipleship ministry at Victory. All 13 churches in the Metro together with the Senior Pastors and other lead pastors seeking God to find out what’s next.
At the front end, Ferdie Cabiling, the senior pastor from our Ortigas church, shared something powerful. While numbers are important, it is not the primary indicator of success. It’s awesome that we are growing, but growth is never just about numbers.
There were 4 questions he posted to all of us to ask as a ministry, church and individuals.
1. ARE YOU BEING FAITHFUL?
Matthew 25:23 tells us “Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant…” He didn’t say well done, good and successful servant or good and numerous servants.
God’s called us to be faithful to what we’ve been called to do.
2. ARE YOU BEING FRUITFUL?
Jesus says in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory that you bear much fruit.” When we bear fruit, God is glorified.
Fruit is not just about numbers. When Paul wrote about fruitfulness in Galatians 5:22, he spoke about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Am I moving in love? How about in joy and peace? Or how about patience and kindness? Fruitfulness in this area brings the Father glory.
3. ARE YOU FULFILLED?
When the master commended the servant as good and faithful, he was asked to enter into the joy of the Lord. When we submit to God and obey what we’ve been called to do, joy is a natural result.
Whatever you do, as you do it in accordance to His will, will result in greater fulfillment.
4. ARE YOU MAKING JESUS FAMOUS?
At the end of the day, it is the name of Jesus that we’re lifting up. It’s never been about Steve Murrell, Joey Bonifacio, Manny Carlos, Juray Mora, Ferdie Cabiling nor Jun Escosar. Neither it’s been about Victory or Every Nation. Jesus is who we want to exalt. It is He who is the head of the church. It is He alone is worthy of all our praise, honor and worship.
As Ferdie ended his message, he quoted a statement Albert Einstein delivered years ago which says…
NOT ALL THAT COUNTS CAN BE COUNTED.
BUT NOT ALL THAT CAN BE COUNTED COUNTS.