Thursday, July 22, 2010

A 1000 times i've failed

The other day I heard a comment that really gets under my skin. Its when church leaders define other people as failures. Particularly their fellow leaders. Maybe their small group or church has plateaued or even declined in numbers. Then we label them as a failure. That stinks. The Bible is full of failures that God seemed to delight in using.

Job questioned God
Moses ran away
Abraham was a liar.
Jacob was a schemer.
Joseph had too high an opinion of himself.
Moses made excuses.
David was an adulterer & murderer.
Peter definitely had "foot-in-mouth" disease and denied Jesus.
Thomas doubted.
Paul wrote people off.

Sometimes I wonder how we get this basic stuff wrong.

1. Failing is part of a learning process so why use it to beat someone. Failing means that you have learned not to do something that way again or even not to do it.

2. In the Body we all have a part and GOD has GIFTED each person to BRING SOMETHING UNIQUE to that body. So what we bring is not ours it is God's.

I can give you a list as long as your arm of things that I am no good at. Ask me to do them I WILL FAIL. But I can also tell you what God has gifted me to do.

The great thing about belonging to a church is that God is in charge and control and he is putting a load of "failures" together and creating something beautiful.

So if you ever look at the size of your ministry, small group and even church and think YOU have succeeded and look at another and think they have failed. Do yourself a favour and compare yourself with God and a new perspective will be gained.


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