Outcome is a buzz word in education, politics, social services, and even in church. One definition of outcome is: the results, impacts, or effects of something. We want our ministries to have results and impact and be effective. Most of us have written goals for our programs/ministries. Yet, we must ask the question: What is God’s goal for us—for me individually, for our volunteers, and for the people being ministered to?
Philippians 3:7–9 provides some perspective: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”
Knowing Christ stands out as the goal we are to pursue. Paul reminds us that everything else is loss in comparison. Our creative schedules, innovative themes, energetic volunteers, and latest gimmicks are rubbish if they don’t guide people to the priority of knowing Christ Jesus.
May the outcomes of our ministry draw the lives we touch into a deeper knowledge of our Lord.