Jamie Fuller | Servant Coordinator
All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.1 Corinthians 13:12
As I was dwelling on what I wanted to share to encourage you with this week, I had some clever spiritual analogies. I even began to write about the callous I have on my foot due to running. (Yes, I have an analogy for that. Ask me sometime. About the analogy, not to see my foot. I will spare you all of that.)
Instead, here is something I’ve been thinking on…
I think most of us should have a social media status of “still figuring it out.” Jesus can see right through an act anyway, and a little imperfection can open doors to pretty amazing friendships. You don’t have it all together, and neither do I. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if we could all relax, be ourselves, and talk about what it’s really like to wrestle out issues of faith? What if we invited the Holy Spirit into our everyday interactions and listen a little closer to those around us? This can seem intimidating and even like a lot of work, but it’s worth the effort and risk.
I’ve been having conversations with friends that have challenged me in so many beautiful ways. Conversations about parenting and letting go, prayer and healing, salvation and walking by faith. We’ve shared frustrations, cried, and pointed each other back to the Word of God. It’s so much easier to keep it on the surface, but I really believe that, when we create spaces for hashing out our questions in our homes and in our relationships, our faith can grow deeper and we can walk more closely with Jesus.
More than any other place, church can and should be a place where the worldly façade of perfection disappears because there is something greater in the perfection of our Savior. We can check our egos at the door and we don’t pick them back up on the way out. The Word of God shoos away the lies, and both young and old can lay down their fears.
We can aim for the church to be a place where little acts of love reign, we sing together at the top of our lungs to God Almighty, we really pray when we say we will, we high-five down the hallways, learn new names, celebrate steps of faith, grieve with the hurting, study His Word, give, learn, show up, slow down, serve, and listen.
Let’s do more of this! Let’s take the worthwhile risk to be real before each other and God. The church will be a breeding ground of grace, a healing space of freedom, a gathering of the growing. Even though none of us have it all figured out, we serve a mighty God who does and He is with us.