This got me thinking about how some people feel the need to present themselves as perfect when they go to church. In some people’s minds, the church has become a place exclusively for nice people with perfect lives to go and this leads to people pretending that they are fine when they are not.
The really sad thing about this, is that the church that Jesus wants is one for people who aren’t shiny, clean and perfect.
Jesus said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (Mark 2.17)
So, do you feel the need to be shiny clean and perfect before you go to church? Do you feel the need to make yourself presentable and to hide your imperfections or are you willing to come as you are?
You may not feel worthy of God, but Jesus came to call ordinary people to follow him, not the religious elite.
We all need God and I hope that we realize that God accepts us as we are and that we don’t have to pretend to be shiny clean and perfect.
God wants us to be honest with him about who we are and about our joys and struggles and from that place of honesty he will lead us on a journey through life if only we will follow.