Resurrection Sunday: Failure is Not an Option

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“What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?”

This is the contents of a popular meme circulating around social media sites. When we think about this message in relationship to Easter or Resurrection Sunday, it is very powerful. What would we as believers do if we knew we wouldn’t fail?

Ironically, that is our reality. We say it all of the time in church, but we really do have the victory. Jesus demonstrated that when he overcame death and the grave. 1 Corinthians 15:55–57 says,

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NRSV)

Jesus has given us the same power to overcome! In the end, we win no matter what we may face on the journey. We know all things work together for our good because we are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). Since we know we have the victory, the question remains: What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? What is holding you back from doing what God called you to do? What is holding you back from walking in your purpose in God? Is it fear of failure or fear of being mocked and ridiculed? Does it seem like what God’s calling you to do is too hard? Resurrection Sunday is a reminder to all of us that there is nothing too hard for God! Nothing is impossible to those who believe! If God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can provide the resources, open the doors, create the opportunities, line things up and put the right people in place. This season is a reminder that anything is possible when you’re in Christ. Dry bones can live again. He can transform dry places to places of plenty. Empty wells can supply living water again.

Allow this year’s Resurrection Sunday to be a reminder to you that there is nothing to fear. You have the victory. If Jesus overcame sin, death and the grave, everything else is “small potatoes” in comparison. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’”

Let this resonate in your spirit this Easter season and compel you to step out on faith!

Lauren Jones (@revlaurelj) is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves in the Columbia, SC metropolitan area. As a widow, she balances ministry and motherhood to two rambunctious children. She blogs about her adventures at www.throwupandtheology.com. When she’s not preaching, writing, or changing diapers, she raises awareness about epilepsy and the devastating effects of drunk driving as a volunteer speaker for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). She self-published “I’m Singing This Song to You,” a letter to her children in honor of her late husband available for purchase on Amazon.

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