I have seen a lot of failure in the Body of Christ lately. People that lose their way! Pastors that deviate! Leaders that get off track! I have seen so much in the 30+ years I have been in the church and 18+ years I have been truly living for Jesus! Nothing has derailed my faith. It has been shaken at times, but never destroyed.
Over the last few weeks failure has fallen around me. Not in me personally, but to some incredible people around me. Maybe this post is a vent or more of a rant – but here it goes.
Here’s the general rule: Everyone falls and fails! Every single person. No one is perfect (Rom 3:10). You and I are capable of falling spiritually UNLESS we break down some ways to fail forward.
Let me give you some general ways to respond when failure falls.
- When those around you fail – don’t celebrate but gravitate. Galatians 6:1: ” if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path.” Don’t run away from those who fail. Embrace them. See the opportunity for God to redeem any situation. Too many people celebrate failure. But we are called to gravitate toward those who fail and provide them grace and mercy!
- When those around you fail – don’t fabricate but recalibrate. Look at the situation around you and learn from the failures of others. Take your life and recalibrate. Check your heart and life. Fix potential problem areas. Focus on making right changes! Don’t raise yourself up and try and make yourself look holy – listen to Galatians 6:1: “be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” Anyone of us can do anything given the right circumstances! Guard yourself!!!
- When those around you fail – dont disgrace but embrace. Galatians 6:2: “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” We don’t embrace the sin – but we are called to take the failures, burdens and pains and provide direction to their lives. To pray for each other. To motivate each other. Don’t disgrace the fallen by cutting them off, but embrace their redemptive potential.
- When those around you fail – don’t elevate but abdicate. Galatians 6:3: “If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Don’t get arrogant or prideful that you won’t ever fall. Abdicate the control of your life and your situations to Jesus Christ!!!
Failure is tough! Be very certain that the enemy is on a mission to seek and devour everyone, everywhere – that means you and I are on his hellish hit list! Stand strong. God is in control even when failure falls!!!