There Is No Failure In God’s Will,
…and no success outside of God’s will.
Do you feel like a failure? Pastor George Truett made a wonderful observation in this quote. If we are in God’s will, we are never a failure.
Conversely, if we are outside of God’s will, we are not successful.
There were so many days when as a church planter I felt like an utter failure. My church was small, I couldn’t seem to get it to grow, people questioned my leadership. I wanted to feel successful, but my viewpoint was off balance.
The Apostle Paul was probably the greatest church planter that ever lived. Yet he did not succeed in making disciples and planting a church in every town he visited.
In fact, sometimes he was physically abused and thrown in jail for sharing the Gospel!
Did that make Paul a failure? Hardly! He was a success as long as he was in God’s will!
That’s why he was able to say toward the end of his life,
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:6-7 ESV)
A poor question to ask ourselves is, “Am I a success or a failure?”A great question to ask is, “Am I doing God’s will?”
If we’re doing God’s will, we’re no failure!
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