Why People FailBro. David Chancellor
4/18/2004 11:00 AM
And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward. Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lords debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in that which is another mans, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Why do people fail? People arent relieved of their responsibility to God when they fail. We dont have to fail, but sometimes people do. Why does Jesus say that the children of the world are wiser than the children of light? Jesus wants us to consider things.
In business, people plan for failure by coming up with a "plan B". They have a backup plan. When it comes to serving God, there is no plan B. We cant have a plan for if it doesnt work. This is a reason that people fail. They have something else in mind, if this doesnt work out. You cant hold on to God and hang on to the world as plan B. Youll fail.
When it comes to serving God, the only way to succeed is a total commitment. Theres no escape route. The plan B approach doesnt work. That works for this world, but spiritually, thats not a good idea.
Where God is concerned, be faithful in that which is least. Be faithful and just in the small things. Even the little things are vitally important. The little things can cause a downfall.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
You can talk yourself out of grace. You can say too much. Its a little thing, but it can create great problems. The violence in society begins with profanity. It matters what we say because we convey something by our words. If the effect of your words is evil, shut up. Be careful of your words because they have an effect on your spiritual well being. Gods Spirit can help us know when to be quiet. Fights usually start with talk. The words chosen stir up feelings in everyone involved. If there is nothing to talk about the best thing to do is to talk about nothing. We need grace in our words. Words seasoned with grace wont produce sin.
Ecclesiastes 5:3, 7
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fools voice is known by multitude of words. For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
Be careful what you say. Be slow to speak when you come into Gods presence. Be careful in your worship of God, that you be careful what you say. Stay humble before God. Big words dont make you a big person. Watch your tongue. Success in business doesnt make you a spiritual person. The important question is, How are things with you and God? Dont allow yourself to become too busy to serve God. Keep your commitment to Christ. Christ was trying to show his disciples that God had to be before all others. Your service to God has to be first.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he become unfruitful.
These things are like weeds. Growing things among weeds isnt a very productive way to garden. This worlds anxieties will choke out spiritual things. If you put your faith in God, you dont have to go through life weighted down by anxiety. Be willing to work, but let God take care of you. The deceitfulness of riches This can take a poor man without his having to have riches. Pursuing riches is like chasing rainbows. Many are deceived by the lure of riches. Its especially bad when they let spiritual things slide to pursue a dream. Dont let anything diminish your commitment to God. God can work in our lives without our having to be rich.
2 Peter 1:2-12
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged form his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
God has provided everything you need, so, theres no need to plan for failure. If we stay focused on spiritual things, we will never fall. If you turn to other things, expect to fail. Start adding. Work on the spiritual side of your life. Adding these things will bring spiritual success. Strengthen your soul. We dont have to fail or be turned aside if we will keep God first. Build your life on and around spiritual things. Your life can abound with the things that are important. Keep focus on God. Keep things in their rightful place. You may know, but reminders never hurt. Things that are allowed to creep in are the reasons people fail. Keep God first. Resist the devil and you can overcome. Keep adding spiritual things to your life. You can be faithful. You can overcome whatever the devil would try to sneak in.