April 28, 2018: A Failure Finishes Well

Ephesians 2:1-7 (NIV)
1  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
6  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

 

Have you ever made more mistakes than you can count? Haunted by the sheer volume of errors you have made in the past?  Do you find the weight of your sin more than you can bear?  If you are like me you are often haunted by all the mistakes you have made and all the times you have rebelled against God.  When you start to count them you often reach the conclusion that you just don’t have what it takes to make it.  The number of mistakes convinces you to not try any longer because it is too embarrassing to have everyone see all of your blunders.

I don’t know if you noticed but yesterday’s devotion was filled with almost 100 mistakes.  It was even hard to read it or make sense out of it.  Perhaps you reached the conclusion that whoever wrote this has got to be a real loser.  Well just to let you know if you reached that conclusion you would be correct.  But before you write this writer off let me remind you that the kingdom of God is composed of such ones like this.  God called the Apostle Paul who was a murderer;  he called Zacchaeus, a tax collector; Mary Magdalene, a prostitute and many others who were not the ones most likely to succeed and look what he did with them.

When you take a long look at how many mistakes you have made do you find yourself wanting to quit and just resign yourself to never amounting to anything or do you see the record of your mistakes as a clear indication that you need Christ more than you thought?  Let the record of your mistakes be that which causes you to see you need for Christ more clearly and look to him again as your only hope.

The Apostle Paul, a colossal failure, a murderer found his hope in Christ.  This hope in Christ carried him all the way to the end.  He was a failure that finished well because of Christ. Do not let the record of your sins become an obstacle to your walk with Christ.  Rather let the record of your sins become the path that leads you to trust in Christ more.

 

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