Half a Saint and Still a Sinner (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 238)
Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NLT)
Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.
In most parts of the world, people tend to idolize success. It is as if success is the end game, the ultimate outcome, the final result of everything one does in life. The pressure to always be perfect, to never encounter failure, to, in a way, become part of an immaculate existence, creates stress on people to live a life that they were never created to live. From the time you were born, it was inevitable that you would sin and experience some form of pain or failure in life.
For too many of us, the fear of failure raises up its destructive head in many forms. The fear of failure can hold us up from making progress and hold us back from experiencing the beauty and fullness of life. It can cause you to be a perfectionist, to hold an iron grip around comfort and safety, to be doubtful, hesitant, and ineffective. Because we’re afraid of failure and the results it might bring, we don’t trust God when he says take the plunge even if you can’t see what’s below.
When you look at, it’s not just a problem that is unique to you. We are all just half a saint and still a sinner. You and I have made mistakes and as long as we live, we will continue to make mistakes. Not trusting God and believing we can do what he has planned for us to do is a mistake. Believers must be willing to take risks and not doing so is a mistake. Failure is normal. It’s not IF you fail, but WHEN you fail, and what you will do about it.
If I were to really look back over my life, I would have to say that I have made more mistakes that I care to count. But that is how it is for everybody. We have failed. We do fail. We will fail. We overcome our failures not by pretending we don’t have them, but by receiving grace to deal with the reality that we’re not perfect. Only when we acknowledge God’s grace and embrace it with our whole hearts will we find the strength to live life the way God meant for us to live it — not avoiding the inevitable, but standing on the promises of what is possible.
“Without God’s grace, our relationships are reduced to human demands, human performance, human failure, human judgment, and human punishment. There is no hope or power for change.”
— Paul David Tripp