Failure is part of the journey. We are not perfect specimens that come to know Jesus and cease from mistakes. We will make mistakes, mis-steps, and we will fall short. If you don’t believe me, then just take a look at God’s word with me:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23
Note that it says, ALL. So it’s time to stop looking for other’s faults and the pointing of the finger. It’s time to come into agreement with truth. I am one of the “All” spoken of in Scripture and so are you. We fall short. Period. In the past few weeks I have blogged my heart about repentance and surrender. Today I want to point out for thought, that God is not surprised by your failures. He is inviting you to come to Him with every single one. No shame, just redemption, love and cleansing grace.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” I John 1:8
Think about what Scripture is teaching us….we are sinners. Not popular word, but it’s clear. We often cliche sin as classifying it as the BIG sins. You might not think you are a sinner because you haven’t killed anyone, stolen from your favorite store or cheated on your spouse. Think again. The point is, we all fall short. Sin is missing the mark of God’s best life in the Spirit. We will never arrive to a perfect place here on earth. Rather, we are on a sacred journey of growth and development in godliness. Each failure is a lesson and part of the path.
Where are you on the path? If you have blown it in small or large ways there is a way to GIVE IN to God…
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” 1 John 1:9-10
The path of Giving In, is the path of coming into agreement with God’s Word. You may have not wanted to hear about sin today, but what I really want you to know is that you are forgiven. When you confess, you are forgiven and so am I. That is the message of Easter. That is the celebration that leads up to the truth of the Resurrection. That is the language of Lent.
Where have you fallen short? You don’t need to confess it to me, but my friend, run to Jesus and tell him that you agree with His word that you do fall short and need his grace and forgiveness. Then celebrate that forgiveness by learning to walk in the fullness of His Grace and the Power of His Spirit.
Because of Jesus,