“Success and failure are master words; faithfulness is the concern of stewards.
What God requires of you is not success, but faithfulness in what he has assigned to you. Ask yourself: what has Jesus called you to do? You aren’t responsible to save the world, but you are responsible to follow Christ in your situation. For a servant, ‘success’ in life is identifying what God has called you to and being completely faithful in it.
I’ve seen people go very wrong with this. Some people get so overwhelmed at the needs around them that they see everything as ‘their’ cause. So they want to minister to prisoners, take in foster children, mentor elementary kids, feed the poor, end human trafficking, and lead an entire unreached people group to Christ—in general, to save the world. But, as a mentor once told me, not everything from heaven has your name on it.
This is a lesson I have needed to learn personally: God can do more with one act of faithfulness than I could accomplish in 10,000 lifetimes on my own. Many of us need to change the questions we ask when we come to a crossroads from, ‘Where can I make the biggest impact?’ to ‘Where does God want me?’
Here’s a hint: most of the opportunities for faithfulness are already right in front of you.”