My friend David would love to hear me quoting his High School’s motto “The Brave May Fall But Never Yield”. He would think that I’ve finally been converted into having purple blood (the school colors) – NOT. I’ve heard him quote this motto in times of victory and when things didn’t go according to plan. A compelling resolve that those on his team will never give up.
It is great to apply this level of commitment to academics or sports, but doesn’t God require us to do the same in our spiritual lives. We live out our Christian lives one decision at a time and sometimes we make the wrong choice, listen to the wrong voice, get stuck in a bad habit or fall into sin. But why do we stay there in that place of discontent and distance from God? Why do we shun help and prefer to just quit? Why don’t we say to ourselves, regardless of what happens I will serve God with all that I have till the end. I will not Yield?
Having been there myself, I know that it is a combination of shame, pride, fear, lack of confidence and a lack of trust in God’s mercy that keep us stuck (the short list). God already knows long before we misstep, the path that we were going to take and he also makes a way to bring us back into a right relationship with him. There is nobody that is too far gone for God to forgive them. The bible has this to say “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Proverbs 24:16 (NIV).
So today if you are feeling like I’ve failed God again and I just can’t do this Christian thing. Encourage yourself, pick yourself up and remember who you are – The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21) and so much more.
I’d love to hear from you – Please share your thoughts.