I Get Knocked Down…
A pastor was building a fence while the neighbour’s 12-year-old son watched. The pastor smiledand said, ‘Are you interested in carpentry?’ ‘No,’ the boy replied. ‘I just want to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb with a hammer!’
You are the only Bible some people will ever read, and they’re watching to see how your life lines up with what you profess. Some are hoping for confirmation of the life-changing power of Jesus; others for a chance to say, ‘See, Christians are all hypocrites!’ We want to set a good example, but sometimes we fall short. And as humbling as it is to mess up, God uses those failures to ‘…[make] it clear that our… power is from [Him], not… ourselves’ (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT).
God doesn’t glaze over the shortcomings of even the most notable saints. They’re ‘…all… written down so… we don’t repeat their mistakes…’ (1 Corinthians 10:11 TM). Abraham, the ‘friend of God’, lied about Sarah being his wife (Gen. 12:10-20). Moses, the mighty leader, got angry and disobeyed God. David, a man after God’s heart, committed adultery and then tried to cover his tracks with murder (2 Sam. 11:15). Peter, head of the church, denied Jesus not once but three times (Luke 22:54-62), and John Mark gave up and went home during a missionary trip (Acts 15:38). They’re all in there, warts and all, and Paul says, ‘…we are just as capable of messing… up as they were…’ (1 Cor. 10:12 TM). So don’t get discouraged when you stumble. Admit your mistake, apologize to the people involved, ask God for forgiveness, forgive yourself and carry on.
This is the heart of the Gospel – that Jesus has forgiven our failures and God does not count our sins against us. This is our confidence in the righteousness of Jesus, which he has given to us, that gives us the ability to get up and continue our direction with Jesus.
“The godly (righteous) may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.” Proverbs 24:16
The difference between the righteous and the wicked is not the stumble…
Get up again,