Originally posted November 10, 2014
How many times can you fail and still be considered a success?
In baseball, a player who fails 7 out of every 10 at bats is considered an all-star.
In football, in an average game the teams get the ball a total of 24 times combined. The average football game has 9 scores out of those 24 possessions. So in professional football, teams fail 63% of the time.
A Student can get 40% of a test’s questions wrong and still pass.
What about with God? How close to perfect do we need to be?
We know, however, that complete perfection is not attainable.
Galatians 2:16 … by the works of the law no one will be justified.
Romans 3:23 … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
While we are far from perfect, Jesus lived the perfect life for us.
Romans 5:8 … But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Hebrews 4:15 … For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet He did not sin.
2 Corinthians 5:21 … God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Yet, knowing we cannot be perfect, we continue to beat ourselves up when we sin. God, on the other hand, continually forgives us of our many sins.
James 5:20 … remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
Luke 7:47 … Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
Our part in this deal is not to be perfect, but rather accept our imperfection and Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. Then we must choose to live with Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Ephesians 2:8-9 … For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
John 8:24 … I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”
Once we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, we need to turn to Him and confess when we are not perfect.
1 John 1:9 … If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.