Posted by Craig Borlase on 13 February 2015

Even if you’ve never heard of the former writer, pastor and theologian Mike Yaconelli, you need to read this:

"You see, Jesus has a fatal flaw: He can't stay away from failures. He is a friend of failers, a lover of failers. Everyone else has given up, He seeks them out - the woman who failed at five marriages; the blind man by the pool, who had failed to get his timing down for 38 years in a row...the disciple who failed at following; the thief who failed at keeping the law; the adulterous woman who failed at moral purity; the doubting disciples who failed to believe.

"In Luke 14:15-24, Jesus told a parable about failures. A wealthy man prepared a party for his successful friends. When the day of the party arrived, all of his 'friends' decided they couldn't come. So the host told his servants, 'go out and invite all the losers you can find - the drunks, the prostitutes, the homeless, the lame.' The host threw a party for all the failers. Jesus was defining his church. He was making it very clear that the church is more than a safe place for losers; its membership is made up of losers, failures like you and me.”

Today’s question’s a simple one, really. How much failure can we embrace?

What do we accept in others? How much grace do we offer to those who come through the church doors with all the wrong words, habits, attitudes and assumptions? Do we accept the sinner so long as they fastback their way towards proper behaviour?

And what do we accept in our fellow worship musicians? Do we throw our arms wide open, welcoming different views and skills, or do we hold on tight to the fact that ‘this is how we do it round here’? Or are we bound by the fear that someone else’s skill might eventually reveal our own deficiencies?

And what of us? When we next get up to lead will there really be a risk that we might fail completely, or have we learned to play things so safe that we sleepwalk through much of what we do?

We don’t need to revel in our failure - after all the parable of the prodigal son would have never worked had the guy stayed in with the pigs - but we do not need to hide it.

The truth is, we’re kidding ourselves if we think we can keep it under wraps.

We’re all failers, every one of us. Aren't we?

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