Why you shouldn’t pretend to have it all together

There is a temptation for believers in the church to portray to others that they have it all together.  Sometimes it is an intentional decision, but most of the time I think it is unintentional.  I think of having it all together as showing others that you have your sin under control.  A person who shows they have it all together doesn’t share their struggles, hurts, or pains with anyone.  Here are a few reasons I can think of why you shouldn’t pretend to have it all together.

1) You don’t have it all together.  You simply don’t.  Romans 3:10-12 says, “As it is written ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.’”  If you are showing others that you have your life and sin under control, you are being fake!

2) It can make non-believers feel like they cannot live up to the expectations of being a Christian.  Non-believers need to see that if it were not for Jesus Christ’s loving salvation, we would be just like them.  Non-believers (or new believers) get the incorrect message of what it means to be a true follower of Christ when they are shown that you have to have it all together to follow Christ.

3) You can begin to think you are better than others.  When you think you have it all together, you can be tempted to look down upon those who don’t, both believers and non-believers. 

4) It makes you the hero, and not Jesus.  Are you the one who conquers the sin in your life, or is Jesus?  When you show others that you have your sin under control, doesn’t that make you the savior and not Jesus?

Let me be clear.  When you become a believer in Jesus Christ, your body becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit.  God himself dwells within you, and there is a REAL change in your life.  You go from death to life.  But, you do not become perfect.  God is at work in our lives, sanctifying us, but we have not yet arrived to the state of who God created us to be.  While continuing to pursue holiness, we should be OK with our current state of being a broken person in need of a immensely powerful savior who saves us from sin and death.

You didn’t just need Jesus when you were saved.  You need Him now.  You will always need Him.

Blessings,

Josh

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