The original title of this post was “Stewardship is Simplicity” and you can imagine why. After all, we are talking about success and the world likes to define that in terms of resources. What is that bumper sticker slogan that seems to make people smile? Oh, yes. “The one who dies with the most toys, wins!” We know it’s a bit childish but the truth is that success has been defined that way since the beginning of time.
We define success as relational in terms of our relationship with God. Some people would, no doubt, agree that success is relational but in terms of human relationships – with your spouse, your family, your friends and having the respect of your community. Good stuff, just not enough for Christians. For us, success is “pleasing God by becoming like Christ through a lifestyle of effective ministry.”