How to be a Failure for God

II Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you know what the apostle Paul's greatest fear was? It wasn't death, for he said in Philippians 1:21, " die is gain." In 2 Timothy 4:6 Paul said, "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand." He wasn't fearful of suffering because in 2 Corinthians 11:30 he said, "...I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities." He wasn't afraid of losing material possessions either. Philippians 3:7, " But what things were gain to me, those I counted for loss for Christ." He wasn't afraid of being alone, because Mark left him, Barnabas left him, and Demas forsook him yet he didn't quit. He certainly wasn't afraid of important people. He faced kings and magistrates with the same message he preached to the common man on the street. However, he was fearful of one thing.

Paul's fear was failure in the work of God! Paul didn't want to be cast aside as an unusable vessel in God's service. This world is filled with the rubble of men and women who used to serve God with their lives, but now have become castaways to God. Of little or no value to the service of God.

Walk into any bookstore, Christian or secular, and you will find the shelves lined with "self-help" books filled with instructions on how to become successful, happy, fulfilled, wealthy, etc. etc. This morning I want to deliver a message in reverse. The title is "How to be a Failure for God". Let me give you some instructions, that if you follow them, I can guarantee you will be of no value to the Lord in His service.

I. Forget what it was like to be lost.

II. Forget what it was like when you got saved. cf. De. 6:12

III. Forget about the promises you have made to God. cf. Eccl. 5:4

IV. Forget about the needs of others. cf. Ro. 10:13

Conclusion: How to be a failure for God.

Perhaps you are here today and you are not a Christian. You must be saved! Without Christ, you have no hope for eternity. God loves you this morning. Why not come and discover that love. We will show you from God's Word how you can know that you are saved and your eternity secure in Him. The choice is yours. Come and let God have His way with you today.