Yoder on “success”

This quote speaks to much of what I have been wondering about in recent posts:

“The standard by which we measure our obedience is therefore Jesus Christ himself; from Him we learn that brokenness, not success, is the normal path of faithfulness to the servanthood of God. This is not to glorify failure or some sort of heroic uselessness, but to claim, as a confession that can be only made in faith, that true ‘success’ in Christian obedience is not to be measured by changing the world in a given direction within a given length of time, but by the congruence between our path and the triumph of Christ.”

—John Howard Yoder, The Racial Revolution in Theological Perspective, p. 9.


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