True Nature of Failure
“You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not a failure” (1 Thessalonians 2.1 NLT).
Many times we think we have failed God because the results of our actions did not align with our own expectations. We believed God, worked hard and poured out our obedience only to be rejected, criticized or ignored. We were obedient with the call that God placed on our life, but the outcome of our faithfulness fizzled out and disappeared. We may be tempted to become doubtful and question if we truly heard God’s voice leading us into defeat. But if we are truly trying to please God and not ourselves and others, then the results don’t define our victory or failure. If we are obedient to God’s call and faithful with His vision, there is no need to question ourselves. God is pleased with the results, whether the world deems them as victorious or as failures. When Paul ministered to the Thessalonians, he didn’t try to earn their praises or find victory in their eyes. He did exactly what the Lord had sent Him to do, and that is why he could say without a doubt that his visit was not a failure. His actions were faithful to God’s will, so in the eyes of eternity, he was victorious no matter the outcome.
“We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else” (1 Thessalonians 2.6 (NIV).