Fear vs Faith

Fear vs Faith

I’ve been pondering something this week. And, I offer this to you as an incomplete musing in the hope that it might cause us to think about joining Jesus on mission in another way…

If you were to identify the one thing that held you back in life, what would it be? For me, I think it would be the fear of failure – the idea that what I attempt simply doesn’t come off. It’s those internal monologues that stress, “The stakes are too high to fail,” “Failure is not an option,” “You’ll look stupid and people will laugh,” “You’ll damage your reputation beyond repair…” I could go on and on and on…

But, what I’ve come to learn and begrudgingly accept is that failure is an inevitable part of life…including (perhaps ESPECIALLY) the faith-life.  Even just a cursory reading of the Bible brings forth a list of famous believers who failed spectacularly.  David, Elijah, Peter, Samson, Gideon…the list is long and impressive.  These are people we look to as heroes of the faith, who did spectacular things for God…and yet still struggled.  And failed.  But, every time they failed, God met them at their point of failure.  He invited them to come to Him, to bring their failures to Him and allow Him to redeem, restore and revitalize.  We have a loving Father in Heaven who is capable of bringing beauty from ashes and turning our greatest failures into His glorious triumphs.  All it takes is a willingness for us to risk failure and try…

As we think about joining Jesus on mission, I wonder if having a go and failing at something is better than not having a go at all?  Of being willing to take audacious risks to join Jesus on mission with the knowledge it may backfire rather than playing it safe and not taking any risks at all?    Jesus invites us to live with, by and in faith…does our faith extend to being willing to fail as we learn to join Jesus on mission?

I don’t think failure is the issue.  At least, not for God.  The issue is are we willing to risk failing?

Nick