Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Our response to failure.
But I have prayed for you Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Did you know that one gift Jesus gives to each of us is the gift of being failsafe? Have you ever heard of it? Time for a Bible quiz on Failsafe people!
Question 1: When bad weather came, he moved to another country. When the king noticed his beautiful wife, he panicked, said she was his sister, and allowed the king to take her to the palace. (Geneses 12)
Question 2: She knew Jesus longer than anyone else, but early in Jesus' ministry, she and her sons went to "take charge of Jesus, for they said, 'He is out of his mind." (Mark 3: 21)
Question 3: He promised he would follow Jesus anywhere, but when asked on the night Jesus was arrested if he knew Jesus, three times he vehemently denied ever meeting Jesus. (Luke 22)
How did you do? Abraham was a friend of God, and yet he failed to trust in God for food and for protection from the king. God didn't fail Abraham; he rescued Abraham's wife and continued to be Abraham's friend. Mary was told by an angel that Jesus was the Messiah; yet she tried to "rescue" him from his mission. But Jesus never stopped loving her (John 19: 26, 27). Peter was the disciple who denied knowing Jesus three times in one night. He cried when he realized what he had done and later Jesus reinstated him as his disciple (John 21: 15-19).
What is the gift of failsafe? Abraham, Mary, and Peter all had it. They were all secure in the knowledge that while they would fail, God would never fail in his love for them. God even used their failures to strengthen others. God was never afraid of them failing. They depended on God and not on themselves.
What about you? You will fail: both small and huge failures are in your future. The important question is how you will respond. Will you turn to God? Will you ask him for his help? Will you use your failures to help others? That's the gift of being failsafe!