“I am feeling anxious,” a young woman told me.
Oh, how she loves the Lord. She is so devoted to Him personally. And in ministry.
Shouldn’t she act like she has it all together? Put on an appearance of perfection? Pretend like everything is always okay? After all, she is a Christian! And she is involved in ministry work!
No! She should not! Nor should I! Nor should you!
Fear of what others think of us and pride are sins that can keep us from humbling ourselves before God and others and admitting we are ever in need of God’s transforming love, mercy, forgiveness, comfort, compassion, help, and grace – and in need of love, help, encouragement, prayer, and support from others who follow Him.
How beautiful the humility of my young friend. How inspiring.
Who does Jesus help in the Bible? Those who pretend to be perfect and are puffed up with pride and act like they have it all together? Or the broken? Those in need of Him? Those who know they are in need? Those who admit they are in need? Those who seek Him and His help? Those who are willing to let their need be known and to receive Him as Lord and to receive His love, mercy, grace, healing, and help.
Be inspired! Be encouraged! Humble yourself. Be real. Be transparent. Be true. Cry out to the Lord and reach out to His followers when you are struggling and in need. Don’t pretend you’re not!
Forgive our pride, oh Lord. Forgive our fear of man. Forgive us for putting on appearances. Have mercy on us all. Help us to be humble, oh Lord. AMEN!
“Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” Mark 2:15-17
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” Mark 18-9-14