There’s a false expectation that Christians place upon ourselves where we think we have to have it all together all the time, that somehow we have to be superior and more with it than everyone else. Then, we spend a lot of time and energy trying to keep up that charade. We end up spending a great deal of time faking it to other people and trying to project an image of ourselves that’s more whole than who we actually are.
In 1 Timothy 1, Paul writes, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”
This is a great reminder that Christianity is not a way or a religion for those people who have it all together. Instead, it’s for the failures, the screw-ups, the dirty, the unqualified, the outcasts, the ones who don’t have all their junk together, the ones who have doubts and questions, the ones who don’t really have faith, the ones who make really bad decisions and have to deal with the consequences. In other words, it’s for people like me!
To people like me, God offers unconditional love and acceptance through Jesus Christ. And that’s grace at its finest, God pouring out love to me when I least deserve it.
So, fellow Christians, let’s stop acting. Let’s stop putting on a show. Let’s stop pretending that because we’re followers of Christ that we’re more pure and unblemished and whole and holy and together than everyone else. It’s exhausting to keep up such a charade! Besides, the world doesn’t need to see our fake perfection, the world needs to see that in spite of our brokenness, God loves us and accepts us and adopts us as his own. The invitation to follow Jesus is not and should not be, “Come as perfectly as you can make yourself appear,” but “Come as you are.”