I AS A PERSONA NON GRATA IN RUSSIA!
…As I write this article, I am still a persona non grata in Russia. The reason is because the excellence we have attained in the Ukraine has made so much noise on our behalf that now Russia cannot imagine us coming to do the same thing in her territory. Yet, the beauty of excellence is that, excellence will make a way for you even when you are under prohibition.
“Dominate the market with your products of self-control; no matter how many temptations produced by the devil, you will still overcome with profits of excellence.” ― Israelmore Ayivor
Despite the ban, we have at least a hundred churches prospering right in the heart of Russia. Excellence knows how to operate in impossible circumstances. You will only have a testimony of the exploits of excellence if you are not afraid to go through the trials and tribulations.
Let me touch on another prerequisite for excellence. The beauty that excellence brings to those who have acquired it does not come without a history of previous failures. Excellence, as any other progress, is often built upon the foundations of inevitable failures. There is no one who has ever attained true greatness without having failed or fallen a number of times. King Solomon put it beautifully:
“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again…” Prov. 24:16a.
Another person whose life best exemplifies this truth is Thomas Edison. He said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
As a young 19 year old Christian, I remember I always got agitated and troubled each time I heard stories of great men, especially Christian leaders who had some failures or fallings. I could not wrap my mind around it. I was always thinking, it is one thing for ordinary Christians to have failures, but how come great men fall? I never could have thought that actually, excellence is inconceivable without failure – you ask Thomas Edison. Maybe you want to ask the Apostle Paul or Moses. Maybe you want to ask King David or King Solomon. Do you want to ask The Apostle Peter?
Remember my bewilderment and amazement, on how great men could have failures when I was a young believer of 19 years old? Now I am almost 50 years old and you can be sure that my opinions are slightly different now. I have had my own share of failures, despite all the excellence. I can testify that as with all great men, true excellence is impossible without your share of failings.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- Why God allows every man to be fallible.
- God’s example of progression in excellence
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.