Political action and personal loyalties (addressed in parts 1 and 2) must be subsumed under the direct control by Jesus. For active Christian leaders, even evangelistic results must be ignored as we turn our eyes upon Jesus.
Luke 9:57-60 New International Version (NIV)
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Church attendance, website hits, responses to your altar call — all measurable statistics that indicate the success or failure of your ministry — are worldly and not spiritual. Only Jesus is important. Only my devotion to him means anything in the kingdom of God.
God does not look at the outward appearance of things. Jesus only looks at each heart. Is your heart totally devoted to Jesus? Are your eyes gazing at Jesus every day? Paul writes about a race.
Philippians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Every sermon you preach, every person you witness to, every dollar you donate to the ministry — these all must be forgotten immediately as soon as they are over and the results must be left in the hands of Jesus. Instead, you must keep your eyes on Jesus. He said, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”