What Results?

I ran accros this little leadership saying in Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy that says:

“Your system is perfectly designed to yield the results you are getting.”

This got me thinking.  What if we changed a few of the words to say the following possibilities:

  • Your gospel is perfectly designed to yield the fruit you are getting.
  • Your church is perfectly designed to yield the gospel-outcome you are getting.
  • Your life is perfectly designed to yield the results you are getting.

Of course, too much can be made of results (after all, the results of Jesus ministry with the twelve looked like a failing endeavor at times).  But if we started to look at the fruit, gospel-outcomes, results, etc… would that change anything about the way we strive to participate in God’s mission?

One response to “What Results?

  1. Rex, I know this is an old post for you, but I just saw it and thought I’d say “Amen.”

    Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them.” That weirdly named tree in the Garden of Eden wasn’t just named that for bizarre arbitrary reasons. Unity based on “figuring” out what is good and evil has always produced death. Not that intelligence or study is wrong, but it doesn’t answer the real question… “Does your truth WORK?” That which is birthed from the Spirit brings life, that which is not brings death. So fruit is a BIG DEAL. And as you said, the disciples didn’t seem to be much evidence of the “fruit” of Jesus life…. but just 50 days after they’re fighting over who is the greatest, we see them unified in heart and mind and ushering in the Kingdom with power. So fruit sometimes cannot be judged in a point in time, but usually over the course of time. And fruit is usually NOT what men think… numbers, externals, converts, attendance, etc… but rather, as Jesus told the concerned disciples of John, “The blind see, the lame walk, the dead are raised.” Not external miracles but changed lives, for real, 24/7/365… lives that LOOK like Jesus and love as He loves. FWIW. -a

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