Tuesday, April 9, 2013

THEIR FAILURE ENCOURAGES ME


  

Most of you will not even be able to comprehend what I am
trying to get across.  That is because every thing you have
ever endeavored to do for God, or He has directed you to do -
you have completed successfully and timely.  Then simply said,
"What is next LORD?"

But there are one or two of us (perhaps in each country) who
have not completed our task or ministry.  We might even have
put it on the shelf - for the time being.  Or run off,  pulling a
Jonah.

The Scriptures tell us about two fellows who failed in their
God given task.  Now that encourages me.  Because it makes
me feel superior?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.  But because I 
can relate to them.  That's the part of life I know best.

In Acts chapter fifteen Paul and Barnabas were getting ready
for another mission trip.  Barnabas wanted to take Mark
with them, that is John Mark.  But Paul did not want to
because Mark had not stayed with them to the end of 
another mission.  Mark turned back and left them.  We
do not know why.  Perhaps the going was too tough, or 
fear.  The Scriptures do not tell us.  That is because it
was for the same reason you did not complete your God 
given mission that time.  But if the Scriptures told us 
what is was, the other guy would think he was off the 
hook.

There was another fellow named Demas.  At one point
he left Paul in a bind and returned somewhere because
he had fallen in love with the world.  We are not told
what it was he loved more than God's work.  It might have
been, opportunity, fame, money, things or whatever.  But
it was the same thing that you and I love more than God's
work.




How much later does not matter.  But later the Apostle Paul
is in Prison.  That is where he wrote his "prison epistles".  And
in the closing portion of two of these epistles, Colossians and
Philemon as he is giving his greetings, two of his co-workers
are mentioned.  You guessed it, Mark and Demas.  Hey!
They are restored, back on the job, doing their ministry or
task.

Over the years I have read of many a person who has failed or
fallen.  Some failed miserably.  But God forgave and restored
them to places of usefulness or ministry.

Perhaps the reason is the same as the troubles the apostle
 Paul was going through.  Then he was able to say,

"He helps us in all our troubles, so that we
are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles,
using the same help that we ourselves have received
from God."
(2 Corinthians 1:4 GNB)

How glad I am that God,
loves, forgives, restores.



1 comment:

Sassy Granny ... said...

Oh Luther, I do believe the very best parts of me were forged from failure. They drove me to my knees, which in turn became the best ever place to be positioned before the Lord.

Thank you for the precious reminder.