All people go through life’s moments of victory and defeat. However, failure is not a word that is currently in the “dictionary”, because we are polite, taught to always be the best, and we cannot make any mistakes. We live in a competitive world and many people don`t know how to deal with the mistakes and failures they might make, want everything fast and never think about failing. But they fail, and that will not change.
In the spiritual realm, it`s not different. While serving the Lord, the brothers also fail, and this makes them feel frustrated, discouraged, and accused. This leads them to think that it is the end and will never be useful to God. Thinking like this is a big mistake, because it makes learning from mistakes impossible and limits their usefulness to God. Don’t let your mistake take the focus off moving on. Do what Paul says: “ Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal….. ”(Philippians 3: 13-14a).
In the Bible there is the example of a young man who suffered defeat, but because of his brothers’ care and insistence and the love God, he became useful. His name is João Marcos. Mark was Barnabas ‘nephew and had the great opportunity to participate in Paul and Barnabas’ first missionary journey. What a privilege to serve God and to be able to leave our city and go on a mission trip to other countries! However, this trip had many surprises in store for him that would discourage him.
Today, many brothers have a desire to do God’s work in their city, to serve fervently, preach the gospel and even travel to other countries, and choose to do so in their lives, but they don`t realize that this decision involves difficult situations, trials and sufferings. At the time, Marcos was not mature to handle with the adversities of the trip.
Perhaps he joined the trip through the insistence and love of his mother, a woman of God, and a reference in the church (Acts 12:12). By divine providence, some situations arose that led him to give up and return to Antioch. As a result, Mark might have thought that he was done, that he was weak, that he would never be able to serve God or endure life`s difficulties, and be ashamed that he had not completed the journey. Those days at home were certainly difficult for him. But, thank God, Barnabas didn`t give up his nephew and wanted to give him a second chance by taking him to Cyprus (Acts 15: 39b).
Dear reader, in our lives we will go through many adversities, trials, but this is not to discourage us, if not, to learn, to be perfected and grow. We have to thank the Lord for the brothers who are with us, who insist, encourage us, who want to help us get up and show us that it`s possible to have a new beginning accompanied by progress and spiritual growth. Don`t give up, because God not give of us. Our attitude toward mistakes should be to repent, learn, and move on. May the Lord continue leading each one to the end! “But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matt. 24:13)