One of the most poisonous lies that we tell ourselves is that Christianity comes easily to everyone except me. This church is full of all these smiling, squared away, bible memorizing, regular quiet time having, emotionally functional people; and then there’s me, barely holding on by the skin of my teeth.
That lie, like every lie of the enemy, leads us to isolation and despair, when we are called to community (Matthew 18:20) and hope (Romans 8:24-25). Why would I even bother trying to connect? These perfect people could never relate to broken down me. Why bother trying to grow? I’m obviously just a defective Christian.
Here is the thing. Everybody who is being real feels that way. Now there are some people whose goal is to just look as perfect as possible, and they are achieving that (driving us all nuts in the process). But, for someone whose trying to actually grow in the Lord and follow Him everyday, it is messy.
Look at the Bible. It is not a story of church people who did everything right. In fact, the church people who were worried about seeming put together where the ones Jesus had the harshest words for. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” Matthew 23:27-28.
The prostitutes, the tax collectors, the foul mouthed fishermen, those were the people who Jesus welcomed with open arms. Abraham, David, Moses, Jacob, Peter, Paul, they all had massive internal struggles with trying to live out this God thing.
Walking with Jesus is impossibly difficult. It is against our sinful nature. You have to take up your cross everyday, put on your armor everyday. That goes for the person in the back row trying real hard not to be noticed, it also goes for the person on the mic. Don’t ever believe you’re the only one.
-Matt from The Bridge