Only to those who measure success in numbers and shallow Christianity.
How does one measure Moses against Elijah against Isaiah against Job against Jacob against Jeremiah against Ezekiel, etc.? Yet, of all the prophets, John the Baptist IS the greatest. (Mat 11:11) Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.
The work of ministry is always not about a ‘physical’ battle. It is an intangible one that is only tangible spiritually. How it ends, determines what is our portion that has been planned by our Creator. As long as our ‘talents’ are used to the best of what is given.
In some sense, there is no such thing as a losing battle. Not when the war has been won and victory guaranteed.