WHAT TO DO WHEN WE FAIL CHRIST
Jesse M. Hendley
This month we are studying the subject, "What to do
when you fail Christ." Some months ago, if you recall,
we published in this paper a message on Peter, as we
were dealing with various Disciples of Christ. We
mentioned how Peter failed the Lord many, many times.
God had that written in the Bible so that we would not
despair as we find failures in our own lives, when
honestly trying to serve the Lord. This is not an
excuse in any way, and we must not allow it as an
excuse in any way, but it is a comfort for us to know
that God has told us about Peter failing, yet the Lord
uses him. We saw that Peter grew in grace and became a
great blessing to the Church.
A lady wrote me a letter saying, "I'm like Peter---
always failing my Lord." Well, you know what? That is
true of every Christian. This is why it is helpful to
look at the Bible on this subject.
Many Christians have the idea that we will live
perfectly in this present world. We will not. There is
no perfect person on God's earth. There are people who
live a greater Christian life, who stay closer to God
and more useful than others, but absolutely perfect?
NO! Not one!
In Luke 17, Jesus Christ says in verse 7, "But which
of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle,
will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the
field, Go and sit down to meat? (Verse 8) And will not
rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup,
(eat) and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have
eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and
drink? (Verse 9) Doth he thank that servant because he
did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
(Verse 10) So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all
those things which are commanded you, say We are
unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our
duty to do."
Our Lord is using this illustration to describe a
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