Passed Over

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Winners can celebrate. But what about people who run the race, compete—and lose? Writer Al Hsu tells about two candidates in the Bible: Barsabbas and Matthias, two loyal believers who were being considered to join the apostles.

The lot fell to Matthias. And the question is: where did that leave Barsabbas? As a mature believer, very likely Barsabbas knew that this loss released him to serve God in another way. Al Hsu reminds us that throughout history, many candidates who were disappointed at the ballot box went on to serve in impressive, innovative ways.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Losing is not the last thing you do. Disappointment is not destiny. Your determination is destiny—in the high calling of our daily work.

Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:4)

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