One thing I have learned from life is that it is easy (as Christians) to point out other’s shortcomings. This includes me as well. I am just as guilty of shaking my head, wagging my finger and frowning upon someone else’s moral failures like everyone else. All in the name of looking pious and being self-righteous. This reaction is prevalent within the Body of Christ today, but it does not reflect the true mindset of the Kingdom of God.
The sad part about all of this is that we do this in the name of Christ, all the while struggling to keep the cover over our own struggles with sin. It is hypocritical and one of the main reasons why we see a decline in our weekly attendance in services. Although we tend to believe that others have no insight into our areas of weakness, nothing is further from the truth. Someone somewhere is paying close attention to every move we make.
What Does This Mean For My Life?
Where is all of this coming from? This is coming from a place of vulnerability in my life. During my sabbatical, I had to come face to face with and confront some very ugly areas in my life. It was necessary for me to deal with these things head on so that I continue to write on here in good conscience. The last thing I want to do is misrepresent God and His Kingdom.
I think it is important for us (as leaders) to acknowledge that we, too, have shortcomings. We, too, fall short of God’s glory like everyone else. To walk around as though we have reached spiritual perfection is a grave misrepresentation of the truth. We have our moments of weakness and struggle. Our help comes from the Lord in a similar manner to the ones we serve.
This is something that we need to become more honest about because some people believe that leaders walk around an ‘S’ on our chests. We, sometimes, believe our own press as well. It is time for us to be real. Real with ourselves and with those we serve, but most importantly, real with God.
What Can I Do About It In My Life?
For starters, we can begin by telling the truth. Leaders have to repent for areas of sin (known and unknown) every single day. Just like the people we serve. We are still dealing with our humanity just like the ones we serve. We are no different nor are we any better than the ones we serve.
In my humanity, I am fragile just like the next person. My strength comes from the Lord. I depend heavily on His power, grace, and mercy each day. Why? Because when it comes down to it, I am just a man. I acknowledge and understand that I can do nothing apart from Christ Who gives me the strength I need daily.
In addition to this, we must begin to pray for one another. Someone we know somewhere is struggling with just getting out of bed this morning. Another person is dreading the challenges that they will face today. We have to learn how to live as though we really our brother’s keeper. Although this is our own personal journey, we still need a little assistance from others from time to time. Life is not always easy, especially when you have to do life alone.
We must learn how to walk in humility and realize that this is when we are walking at our strongest. We should also learn how to be real. Live real. Think real. Talk real. Just be real. A strong shift in our perspective can assist us with this area of thinking. Once others see that we can still live triumphantly despite our failures, we are showing them that none of us are beyond the reach of God’s love, grace, and mercy.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”