Ever watch pole-vaulting? You know, where a perfectly healthy man or woman runs dangerously fast with an incredibly long pole only to jam it into the ground and hope that the force of the run will successfully throw them violently into the air high enough as to clear a bar which is hovering high into the heavens.
Do you know what is ironic about this sport? You HAVE to fail at it in order to succeed. Think about it. The game isn’t over until you actually keep missing the bar.
That’s the same with our lives. It’s not until we recognize that we are unable to meet God’s standards on our own that we can allow Him to succeed for us. Romans 3:20 says “for no one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what He commands. For the more we know God’s law, the clearer it becomes that we are not obeying it.”
In essence, the better we get, the more we realize that we will never be able to reach the top. That’s why we know of God’s ‘grace’. Grace lifts us over the bar when we can’t make it… That’s how we succeed and finally win!
At least that’s how I see it,