Summary: Failures flourish when they're with Christ, so come for fellowship with Christ and let Him feed you; confess your failure to Christ and let Him affirm you; and commit to following Christ and let Him restore you.
SpaceX is a California space technology company that has been working on safely returning used rocket boosters, so they can be used again. This would greatly reduce the cost of space flight, and they have recently been successful, but not without a lot of failure. Take a look at a YouTube video (www.youtube.com/ watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ) they uploaded last fall (September 2017), which shows some of the most dramatic times they did not succeed (Show video: How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster).
The two-minute video, titled "How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster," is set to the song "The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa and includes humorous captions for each clip of impressive rocket explosions.
In one segment that shows SpaceX CEO Elon Musk observing a smoldering rocket, the caption reads “It's just a scratch.” Another chimes in, “Well, technically, it did land… just not in one piece.” The video even pokes fun at the phrase “rapid unscheduled disassembly,” a phrase Musk has made famous to describe untimely and expensive explosions of impressive size.
The video ends, however, with triumphant footage of its first two successful landings, one on land and one on sea. (Marcia Dunn, “SpaceX bloopers video: ‘How NOT to land an orbital rocket,’” Yahoo! News, 9-14-17; www.PreachingToday.com)
I like some of the comments (in case you missed them): “It’s just a scratch;” “Well, technically, it did land… just not in one piece.” And my favorite: “Rapid unscheduled disassembly.”
Now, after all those failures, the company has experienced good success, landing 16 additional rocket boosters without mishap. You see, failure is not fatal. Failure doesn’t have to be the end of the story. In fact, it can be the beginning of something wonderful if you handle it right. Even if you have committed some great moral failure, God can still use you for His glory!
That’s what the resurrection is all about. Jesus died for your sins on the cross. Then He rose again, demonstrating that God had accepted His sacrifice on your behalf. Now, Jesus is in the business of restoring failures to faithful, fulfilled, and fruitful servants in His Kingdom.
In one of His post-resurrection appearances, Jesus does that for Peter, who had failed miserably. Peter had boasted that even if all the other disciples ran away, he would lay down his life for Jesus no matter what (John 13:37). But after Jesus was arrested, Peter came into the door of the High Priest’s courtyard, and John 18 records:
The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself… So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it and said, “I am not.”
One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”