“No man is worthy to succeed until he is willing to fail. No man is morally worthy of success in religious activities until he is willing that the honor of succeeding should go to another if God so wills. God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy.”
– A.W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day
But godly wisdom teaches that even when we fail BECAUSE we did not try our best, God is still willing to forgive us.
Thank God that our salvation and sanctification does not depend on our own efforts, but on Christ. Therefore, we build our desire to succeed on the foundation of Christ’s work. This is the supernatural desire which God’s spirit plants and nourishes in us.
If we don’t think like this, our religion becomes an architectural adornment to our foundation of ambition and self-actualisation, and when we (inevitably) meet failure, the whole structure crumbles.
God is giving us each something to work with today: a chance to succeed and show obedience and faith. Failure is less devastating when our lives are not built on the idolatry of success. Success is all the more sweet when we succeed for the sake of God’s glory, and not for our own. If our failures and our successes both result in humility and gratitude to God, then we can be reassured that we have the right attitude towards Christ. How great is God that he redeems both our successes and our failures in this way!