Sept. 2 - The Body of Christ, Part 2
Have you ever felt like no one in the church would accept you if they knew your darkest secret? What if someone found out about your past (or current) addictions, desires, or the thoughts you’ve never said aloud? Everyone else at the church seems so perfect, like they have it all together, right? No matter how different you feel, remember there is at least one thing that connects us all:
Romans 3:23-25 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.
Every single one of us has things in our past we aren’t proud of, things we wish we could go back and change. We are all imperfect and have broken patterns in our lives. And every last one of us has been extended grace and is redeemed by our loving Father. It is God’s righteousness that makes us right with him, but it doesn’t make us perfect. Jesus loves us just the way we are, but in His infinite love, He refuses to let us remain just as we are. The Holy Spirit is working within us to draw us closer to our Father and advance our spiritual growth.
God calls us to live in community with other Christians. Don’t let your fear of rejection keep you from entering into relationships with other followers. Sadly, some of us may have bad experiences in our past where the Christian community has done us wrong, but don’t give up on community! There are other followers living as God intended, ready to lift you up and help you on your spiritual journey. And this is an opportunity for you to be the loving support for someone else that you may have missed out on in the past. Be authentic and open about your imperfections. Your story could help someone else along their path.
For those who follow Jesus, there is no condemnation from God, so don’t fear judgment from man. Lean into the body of Christ and let God do His work!