Spiritual Failure

This devotional is for those who:

  • Feel they have never accomplished much;
  • Question if they have made positive difference in the world;
  • Wonder why they are here;
  • Think their reserve of self-confidence and self-worth has run dry; or
  • Think they are a failure.

These feelings are not reserved to those who have failed in some major way in the sight of others. Many of us may have had such depressing feelings from time to time. These feelings may be prompted by the ‘accuser of the brethren’, not the Holy Spirit (Revelation 12:3).

What does it mean to be a spiritual failure? You are only a failure when:

  • You quit trying. While it is true that a person who quits trying is destined to be a failure, it is also true that no one is a failure until they quit trying.
  • You quit trusting God’s Word. “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever” (Psalm 125:1, NKJV).
  • You quit giving. The poor widow’s two mites in Mark 12:23 may have seemed worth little in the eyes of the world, but were great in the eyes of the One Who matters.
  • You quit caring. Spiritual failure only comes when you are so self-centered that your own problems are mainly all you think about, talk about, and pray about.

It is important to know that you can experience failures in the eyes of a fallen world without being a failure. Shortcomings in measuring up to societies’ standards do not determine your eternal worth. From the secular perspective, success is measured by the accumulation of things like houses, land, money, popularity, and influence. Anything less than the affirmation of our secular, self-centered culture may foster feelings of failure.

The Lord does not require us to be successful in the opinion of the people around us, but He does expect us to be faithful to the task to which He’s has called us – large or small. Hear these words of Jesus, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:23, NIV). In the spiritual realm, the values of service to others, love of fellowman, kindness, and humility are what matter most. A wise man has said, “The scales of this world can weigh pig iron or manure, but are worthless in weighing things of eternal value.”

Conclusion of the matter:He has made it clear to you, mortal man, what is good and what the Lord is requiring from you— to act with justice, to treasure the Lord’s gracious love, and to walk humbly in the company of your God(Micah 6:8, ISV). If you  are doing these things, you will not be a spiritual failure.

~ Brother Roy

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s