Live unafraid of failure

Posted: August 4, 2011 in Evangelism, Leadership, Life, Me and God, Me and people, The Bible

I know, this sounds like another ‘5 steps to be a good _____’ or ‘10 secrets for ______’ etc. Well, it kind if is; really!

What if we could live a life in which we would dare to try almost anything not caring whether or not we succeed?

What if we could always step out in faith to do what God has called us to do (to be a good friend, a good father, a loving husband, a successful employee or businessman, a passionate leader) without fearing whether or not we succeeded or had what it takes?

How many opportunities have we missed to be blessed and bless others because we were afraid of trying; afraid of being rejected?

I was watching a Q&A session from a Resurgence conference and I heard something that rocked my world and I believe is worth sharing. The topic was marriage and ministry and Pastor Tullian Tchividjian [I’m glad I’m writing and not saying this because who knows how would I pronounce it] said the following in regards to the issue of leaders setting their ‘identity in how successful their church or ministry is:

…it starts with understanding the gospel and who we are in Christ and the resources that are already ours -in Christ. If we come to the realization that everything we need, we already have in Christ, then we are free to live our lives giving everything away

Fabulous!! It is true!! If we understand and experientially know (in our mind and in our heart) what Jesus has done and who we ARE in Christ (saved, accepted, loved, forgiven of past present and future sins, filled with His presence, used, with a purpose, protected, under His sovereign plan etc), we would not care about failing or being rejected –after all, we are more than victorious in Christ. Our fear of failure, embarrassment and ‘no-glory-to-us’ would be conquered by our true identity in Christ and our desire to ‘bring glory to Him’. We would not be afraid of trying out to do good, we would not be afraid of opening up and befriending our neighbor, or sharing our testimony with the person in the next cubicle -or whatever is ‘that thing’ God has asked us to do. Whether at the end we succeed or fail in the eyes of men, we KNOW we are already successful in the eyes of God prior to taking the first step –because He loves us, because He accepts us, because we are His children and because He is pleased with us taking steps of faith in obedience fully trusting Him –especially when we feel we are inadequate.

 If we KNOW who we ARE in Christ, the risk of us losing becomes well worth it compared to the chance of God wining

During the weekend, while visiting our cousin Pastor Mathew Everhard at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Brooksville FL,  He quoted something that equally rocked my world and is related to this topic. If we KNOW who we are in Christ, we will step out in faith and persevere even against the circumstances… like John Wesley:

From John Wesley’s diary:
Sunday, A.M., May 5. Preached in St. Anne’s. Was asked not to come back anymore.
Sunday, P.M., May 5. Preached in St. John’s. Deacons said “Get out and stay out.”
Sunday, A.M., May 12. Preached in St. Jude’s. Can’t go back there, either.
Sunday, A.M., May 19. Preached in St. Somebody Else’s. Deacons called special meeting and said I couldn’t return.
Sunday, P.M., May 19. Preached on street. Kicked off street.
Sunday, A.M., May 26. Preached in meadow. Chased out of meadow as bull was turned loose during service.
Sunday, A.M., June 2. Preached out at the edge of town. Kicked off the highway.
Sunday, P.M., June 2. Afternoon, preached in a pasture. Ten thousand people came out to hear me.

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Comments
  1. Marcia says:

    Awesome!! Just what I needed to hear! I am amazed by John Wesley’s Diary posts!!

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