What is missing in so many churches and fellowships today?
Without it, we lack the true blessed fellowship God intended for us to have. We can go no further into relationships or experience the full growth in our spiritual walks because we close the door to the body of Christ around us and do not give them permission to come in.
People are hurting and need healing and that will not occur if we are too busy 'doing church' or portraying ourselves to be 'perfect'. For some time I have wanted to make this very clear---that even though I run a blog with beautiful pictures on it expressing the beauty of the rich Christian home, I will honestly admit that life doesn't always look like that realistically. Sometimes I fail horrifically! YES! It is okay to admit that we don't have it all together because that is what it is all about. Not pointing to how great we are or how we've figured it all out, no----but instead, being honest and REAL. We don't have it all together, we don't know it all or DO it all.
We are weak and we need the Lord.
We must be saved from ourselves and because of that we have a Perfect Father in Heaven who sacrificed His only Son for us. If our lives reflect anything of the Lord it is in spite of ourselves. If my children grow up to live for the Lord it is in spite of me, for surely sometimes I believe we do more damage than good!
Let's throw off this pseudo-Christian image that we think we must imitate and put on the true cloth of fellowship. We are sinners saved by a holy God. He is exalted in our weaknesses. Without Him we can do no small thing. With Him we can do many great, miraculous things. Lives can be changed by witnessing and unleashing the awesome power of transparency. But we must remember that the glory is all His and we must never, ever try to steal it from Him.
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)