(apparent) Success?

successHee hee………I got contacted by a marketing service who guaranteed that they could add thousands of views and followers to my blog!  Really!?!?!  My blog!?!?!?!

Yep, that’s what they said.  They told me that the content and  presentation of my blog deserved a much broader audience.  And, for a nominal fee, I could draw the attention and recognition to my blog that it deserved.

What an opportunity, right?

Well, if that wasn’t enough, every time I publish a post on this blog, I get a summary of the post and the following message appears:

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Wow!  Apparently there are a number of people or entities concerned about my blog expanding its reach to the masses!  I am grateful for their concern, whatever their motivation might be……….but I am NOT interested!

Why am I NOT interested in expanding my reach on this blog through such means?  Because I learned a long time ago that the Kingdom is about quality and not quantity

By way of explanation, allow me to provide you with an excerpt from a previous post entitled, God’s Growth:

There are two concepts concerning growth or increase relating to the Church in scripture.  ”Auxesis” is growth caused by factors originating from outside yourself or by the element of life placed there by God.  The second, “propkopto” is defined as advancing through one’s own conscious efforts or self-exertion.

God’s growth is focused on “quality” (how do you love?) while man’s growth focuses on “quantity”.  (How many attended? Offering? Locations? etc.)

The times in which we live no longer permits us to view success through the standards of a worldly system that dictates “the bigger – the better”.  All of the religious self-exertion that we can muster will not promote God’s purpose in the earth no matter the amount of people it accrues.  If the increase of the Body is not propagated by the life of God, then it will prove to be of no consequence.  Though it might appear to be successful to the natural eye, it will not be able to serve God’s purpose because it will not measure up to God’s standards.  Anything that stems from man’s self-efforts will not produce growth capable of bearing underneath the weight of God’s expression.

There appears to be a current epidemic within christendom where big-named, trendy, mega-church pastors are using less than ethical means and church funds to  insure that their latest written books hit the New York Times Best Sellers list. Although while the actual sales numbers and the way they are achieved are not authentic, obtaining the moniker of “NY Times Best Selling Author” gives the appearance of worldly success and, by the way, helps the “successful pastor” to charge more for $$ speaking engagements.

But, it doesn’t stop there in that arena.  There are those that use their Christian internet blogs to run slander campaigns against more notable brothers/sisters in order to tear them down, draw attention to their blog and set themselves up for notoriety.  They also do employ marketing firms to add views/followers on their blog report and on their FaceBook pages.

I included the following statement in A Brother’s Got to Know His Limitations:

In an age when a  brother can go “global” by utilizing the internet, blogging, website and social media, it is easy to be tempted to overstep the boundaries of the functional grace apportioned.  Many in Christendom have confused spiritual success with the worldly standard of success.  According to the Kingdom, bigger is not necessarily better, especially if the quality and nature of something isn’t consistent with the Life and Nature of the King.  From what I’ve seen,  God tends to go deeper in someone’s life to bring forth a certain quality of BEING before He increases the boundaries of one’s DOING.

Please understand what I am saying.  There is nothing wrong with writing a book.  There is nothing wrong with having a blog and using the internet to communicate the message that Father has developed in your life.  The problem comes when fleshly, worldly  machinations are employed for self-promotion under the guise of  “ministry”, “church” or any other keyword.

There are so many different things involved in the egregious conduct mentioned above.  Pride, ego, covetousness…….take your pick.  And, I won’t get into the whole son versus orphan identity issue!  But, the bottom line is that when brothers have the ambition to achieve a worldly standard of success (for God/in the name of God) by utilizing worldly means to get there, God’s Name and Purposes suffer harm, the testimony of the Church is tarnished and the message, held to be so important in the first place, is not heard.

The world is not impressed when we play their game…………..they simply look on in order to mock and ridicule.  The intended Influencers (church) have been  influenced by the world.

Perhaps one day, as believers, we will learn the importance of the content of our character being consistent with the content of our message, get beyond Christian Celebrities and stop supporting such foolishness.  I’m thoroughly convinced, mature sons make a difference in this world by being distinct from it; not identical to it!

For your consideration, I’ve listed just a few scriptures that help clear my mind and maintain proper focus when it comes to issues such as this.

Keep your peace!

Luke 9:25 

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Matthew 6:33 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 23:12 

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

1 John 2:16 

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

1 Timothy 6:9 

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

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3 thoughts on “(apparent) Success?

  1. Bryon,

    Thank you for freely embracing the cross. May Father provide his presence to you for strength to carry on. In the Misunderstoon Father….the son did have to surrender….this is how Kingdom works.

    This link address from Frank Viola’s sight, addresses your last 3 posts well. Hope me posting is not overstepping the grace you provide by open comments here.

    http://ptmin.podbean.com/2014/03/04/warning-christian-community-doesnt-work-without-this/

  2. You mean you don’t want us to send money to build up your website that you can reach those thousands and get one of your favorite ties, handkerchief, or one of the many things that you have prayed over? Of course, I know your answer–a flat out “No”!

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