Sharing my Bible Doctrine experiences with the world is a trepidatious path. As I was discussing with a friend last night, most of it is failure and embarrassment. Generally it’s only after a lot of failure that I succeed at any application at all. I think though that there might be some value in being an open book. I suppose it is a way of laying down your life – so to speak. Plus failure and embarrassment are only failure and embarrasment if you stay there. Once you lay that aside it begins to be success.
Success has actually been a theme in our recent Bible lessons. I don’t think I can embark on this discussion of Sit Walk and Stand without first touching on the subject of success. We as believers, especially doctrinal believers are hyper focused on success I think. The truth is amazing and as you receive it, your understanding about the Spiritual Life broadens. You learn how knowing God through His word sets you apart. You have the opportunity to solve problems and think the way God does. You also learn that with all that opportunity comes great responsibility. You might actually end up a losing believer(not receiving all your rewards) through hearing the word of God, understanding it and then not applying it. The warning is valid it comes right from God. If we can succeed then we can also lose out. So success and failure become a focal point. We were focusing on learning God’s word, knowing Him, and living out that relationship through application but now we are hyper focused on our failures, just certain that they will rob us of success.
I think as we get our eyes off the Lord and onto our performance (or lack there of) we miss the point of the warning. We don’t really understand what the failure is that leads to a wasted life. Likewise we misunderstand success.
At this point it gets a little sticky because I can only express what I understand about these things and I cannot give anyone the doctrine they must learn for themselves and I am fairly certain I don’t have it mastered or I wouldn’t be struggling with this issue almost daily.
What I understand about failure is that I will fail a lot and failures can be turned into success through rebound (1 John 1:9). True failure that leads to a wasted life is abandonment of God’s Word given through my right Pastor Teacher. Failure is also hearing that same Word of God and becoming so apathetic or familiar towards it that application no longer matters. I hear and understand but I refuse to apply. Stubbornness.
So If I fail to apply am I a loser? No, not necessarily, because who doesn’t fail to apply often. Everyone fails. It’s only the person who will not apply and will not rebound(1 John 1:9) who ends up in true failure. Failing and confessing the failure to the Father leads to success through His ability to transform your thinking.
What I understand about success is that if you never quit and you go forward no matter how much you fail, you will succeed. You will be a winner and recieve the blessings that God has already assigned to you for time and eternity. The greatest of those blessings I believe to be the intimate personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit whom you have glorified and who’s essence has been portrayed by your life. When life becomes all about Christ in you and you in Him, that is the ultimate success. All the other blessings of life mean nothing if someday I don’t have that in fullest measure.
So obviously I want to succeed. I believe it is possible and promised. Sinless perfection isn’t even a requirement, only positive volition.
As I share things about my life that seem more like sitting, stumbling and crawling than sitting, walking and standing. I think it helps to consider what the real goal of the Spiritual life is all about.
A quote from Bible class “Success usually occurs in private but failure in full public view”