Failing Like a Champ

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Have you ever felt like a failure in your Christian walk?

You’ve tried to be the person God wants you to be, but you keep coming up short.

You even wonder if Jesus still loves you after all these failures?

Let me share a story in the bible that will shed some light on this.

Matthew 26 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me.Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” … Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” 

A few verses later…

 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man (Jesus)!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Peter told Jesus he would never deny him, but shortly after he made this bold statement he denies Jesus. And not just once but three times! We can see in the verse that this really hit home with Peter because he had to leave and cried. And not just cry, by the way, it says he cried bitterly.

So if you feel like a failure, you’re in good company! The Bible is full of people who failed. And when I mean full of them, I mean full of them! I’ll name just a few: Adam & Eve, Abraham & Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Samson, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, and on we could go! I love that the Bible doesn’t omit people’s failures because then we would have the misconception of having to be perfect. And here comes the best part,  all of these people that I mentioned didn’t stay failures. God redeemed them and used them for great things.

Let’s check back on Peter after this failure. Peter probably thought this was it for him and went back to fishing. But Jesus wasn’t finished with him. John 21:17  Gives us a view into their conversation; The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

Not only does Jesus restore him, he puts him in charge of his sheep, which is how Jesus referred to those who followed and would follow him. And Peter later went on to be one of the prominent church leaders in the early church.

Just think about it, Peter hadn’t done something extraordinary for Jesus to restore him. It’s just Jesus very nature to remain faithful even though we jack it all up.  2 Timothy 2:13 tells us that, “if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” Even though we fail God cannot fail!

Unfortunately, failing will always be a part of life on this side of heaven. But the way I see it, failure means we’re trying. And as long as we keep holding on and trusting Jesus we will always fail like a champ. We will fail like a champ because our failure won’t be the focus, His grace will be the focus.

So when you fail, be encouraged because we serve a God who remains faithful always!