” I feel like a failure.” Have you ever felt that way? I heard someone say it this week and I’ve been thinking about it, a lot. I wanted to say something to encourage her, because I know it’s never true. Those words we hear in our head sometimes….they’re all lies. All of them. Sure we fail at times, but that doesn’t make us a failure. How can I be so sure? Because of today.
Today is Good Friday. It’s good because God said we are not failures, to Him.
A friend said the other day that we tend to define people by their faults. How sad is that? “Oh, yeah, you know her, she’s the one who “did this.” You know him…he’s the guy who “did that”. Rarely is it anything good. With that kind of mentality it’s no wonder we feel like failures, at times.
Unless someone is just a ‘dyed in the wool’ sinner, most of our failures are brief incidents in our lives. But, that’s NOT who we are…it may be something we did, but it doesn’t define us. We shouldn’t deemed ourselves failures. We’re not. We’re human.
And that brings me back to today. Good Friday. Why is it so good? Because God looked down and decided we are worth sending his son to die for our failures aka sins. He decided we are worth it, warts and all.
You still don’t think you’re of value? Consider this: When Jesus was tempted by satan, satan offered him all the kingdoms of the world. All the money, gold, diamonds, mansions, everything of value in the whole world could have been Jesus’.
Jesus said “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” Your soul….what makes you, you…is more valuable than all the riches this world can offer. Put everything the world has to offer on one side of a scale and your soul on the other side…and your soul ‘weighs’ more than all the wealth of the world put together. Amazing isn’t it?
Diamonds are beautiful. But if you look carefully, usually, you can see carbon inside! Imperfections! Yikes! Does that make the diamond worthless? No. Carbon is the ‘nature’ of the diamond. It’s what it’s made of. Is it still a diamond of great value, imperfections and all? Yes. As humans we have faults, but, just like the diamond, we’re still of great value and worth.
There is only one kind of failure in this world…the one who fails to accept Jesus’ sacrifice for their sins. The Bible clearly says that God hates the haughty, arrogant and proud. The person who thinks they can live however they like and continue in their sin and never repent…that person is a failure.
Jesus came so that we wouldn’t be failures. We’re of great value to God. The Bible says “a remorseful heart leads to repentance.” A broken and a contrite heart….that’s what God looks for.
On this day, Good Friday, God sent His son to mend all of our broken places and to forgive all of our sins and to make us whole again. All we have to do is ask. Instead of seeing only the things we could have done better or not done at all, we just need to see ourselves and our worth, the way God sees us.
Don’t ever believe the lies…you’re no failure. Says who? God Almighty.
Be Blessed on this Good Friday. You are loved and of great value.