I've Got It All Together

“Oh, my anguish, my anguish, I writhe in pain. Oh the agony of my heart!”
“I have been very zealous for the Lord God almighty. The Israelites have rejected the covenant, broken down the altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left…”
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
There are a lot of reasons why the Christian should not pretend to “have it all together.” He should not behave as if his life is never complicated by mistakes, or, (horrors!) sin.
Good men, such as the ones quoted above, did not always have it “all together” either. They were baffled, confused, even prone to making mistakes. In order of appearance, they are Jeremiah, Elijah, and the Apostle Paul (Jeremiah 4:19; 1 Kings 19:10; Romans 7:18). If these good men could admit difficulties, I think that it is all right for us to admit frailties, too.
Failure to admit weakness leads to pride and self-delusion.
Failure to acknowledge error intimidates those who are not Christians, or who are young and immature Christians. They may think that there is something drastically wrong with themselves. “Look at Brother so-and-so,” they say. “He never struggles with his faith. What’s wrong with me?”
When I fail, it gives me a little more sympathy for others who fail.
Here is the most important reason why a Christian should not pretend to be perfect. Because he isn’t. Never has been. Never will be.
God does not demand perfection. He seeks allegiance. Loyalty. Love. It is he who provides the grace to overcome.
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

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