The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:41-42

Some years ago in America Mordecai Hamm agreed to be the speaker at a crusade. After a few weeks he left town, discouraged because there were only a handful of converts, but one was only 12 years old … yet his name was Billy Graham. Time can give us a different perspective on success!

In the Gospels, we hear more about Peter (Simon) than we do about Andrew. Paul said, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose … for we are God’s fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

When we focus on the results of our ministry we are being short-sighted. Instead, we focus on being obedient to God’s calling on our lives and commit to doing it as effectively as we can. Isaiah may have been tempted to focus on the results after God called him to preach to his people (Isaiah 6:9-13). However, God had told him in advance that people would not listen, and the cities would lay in ruins because of their disobedience. Still, it was important in the larger scheme of God’s purposes that these people were given an opportunity to repent. God chose Isaiah and he completed the task God gave him to do, even though he wasn’t successful in bringing God’s people to repentance.

We too, need to complete the tasks God has for us and leave the results to God.