The third definition of failure in the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary is stated as: a falling short.
Romans 3:23 states: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We all fail to meet the standards that God has placed out for us to succeed without Christ. Christ has been placed here to put us in right standing with God and to allow us to reach our GOD WILLED potential/success/calling through him. However, our struggle with sin is a constant reminder that our success never comes without failures (small or large) along the way. This should not discourage you for the following reasons:
- Failures are a reminder to stay humble: We all struggle with sin whether you are saved or unsaved. However, as a Christian you have power over sin if you truly believe Christ has conquered the world (John 16: 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world). This is a constant reminder that without Christ, failure to live up to your God given potential/calling will always be evident, but when you abide in him, you will overcome all of your obstacles, sin included. Failures tear down our pride. When we plan to succeed in an endeavor and the outcome is not what we expect, we have no choice but to regroup and rely on the power of Christ (Jeremiah 9: 23 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches.). Humbleness is key to pleasing God and showing his loving power. When we boast on the successes he’s given us, we bring dishonor to his grace, because again, we all are unworthy.
- Failures are a reminder that there is no wisdom without God: We can read plenty of self-help books that teach us that the key to success and overcoming our failures were in us all along. However, this is a falsity without Christ (Ecclesiastes 2:26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.). The truth is, God gives wisdom to the believer, and this wisdom will bring them happiness in all of their circumstances. The believer should know that what he/she does on earth is vanity if all roads don’t lead to their Heavenly Father. This wisdom opens doors, possibilities, and opportunities, through the obedience of the believer in Christ.
- Failures are here to prepare you for your calling: When we look at the story of Joseph in the bible. His struggles could have possibly been looked upon as failures. As a young boy he was sold into bondage as a slave. Joseph moved up in ranks in the house of his master only to be lied on by his master’s wife and thrown into prison. However while in prison he was given the wisdom from God to interpret dreams, which led him to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh. This propelled Joseph into becoming the second most powerful man in Egypt! From this story we understand that every failure, every struggle, and every set back, has set us up for our calling in Christ. Instead of being discouraged, we should rejoice that these lessons/classes put us one step closer to graduation.
Author: Cierra Kemp
(Founder of Live Life Naked)