Failure Isn’t Final
Failure isn’t final. I know that you will find that hard to believe, but it isn’t. Do you want to know why? Because you have failed today. Already. In some way or somehow, you have failed. Maybe you’ve figured that out already. Maybe not. Perhaps you live with your failures on
your sleeve, just waiting to bring them out so that you will have a convenient excuse. Maybe you want an excuse to quit. Maybe you want an excuse for your behavior. Perhaps you want an excuse to be a victim. I don’t know what it is. I just know that you have failed today and failure is not final.
How do I know? I failed today. I failed at work. I failed the other day. I failed in some relationships. I failed in that I let a lot of people down. I screwed up. And I hear what some of you are saying out there. Those people have failed me. They’ve let me down. They’ve screwed up. So what? I still failed. And failure isn’t final.
How do I know? Pick a story in the Bible. It often begins with failure. But it doesn’t end there. God has no failures on His team. You may have been a failure before, but you won’t be a failure when He’s through with you. Failure isn’t final.
Peter knew this. He failed. He listened to a rooster crow three times. He denied Jesus three times. He failed. Three. Times. It could have ended there. But it didn’t. Peter went back to fishing. The resurrected Jesus met him on the shore. He asked Peter three times to take care of His
sheep. He didn’t let Peter go back to fishing full-time. He didn’t let Peter remain a failure. Failure isn’t final.
Mark knew about failure. He wanted to go on a trip with Barnabas and Paul. We don’t know why he did it. He may have been homesick. Maybe someone was ugly to him. Maybe he was immature. Whatever the reason, he abandoned Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas, being the son of encouragement he was, wanted to take him on another trip. Paul didn’t. This dispute ended their partnership. Mark was a failure. But it didn’t end there. Near the end of his ministry, Paul wrote that Mark was important to his ministry. Somewhere along the way Paul and Mark reconciled. Mark was useful to Paul’s ministry. And he wrote one of the Gospels that we read. Mark didn’t remain a failure. Failure isn’t final.
You might have failed, but failure isn’t final. If you’re a child of God, if you’re a follower of Christ, He doesn’t let you be a failure forever. Failure isn’t final.
Have you failed? Do you feel like a failure. There’s no reason to stay in that place. Failure isn’t final.