Living Authentically in Christ
As I sat in the final session of the Watermark Church Leaders Conference, I could clearly feel Jesus tearing down walls that He’d been working on for a long time. For the longest time, I’ve been tired of pretending like I have it all together and that I’m the perfect ‘ministry guy.’ I’ve been on this treadmill for far too long. Trying to please others and make others think I’ve got it all put together is exhausting, mainly because I don’t have it all together, and in some areas of my life, I’m really failing. And I need a band of brothers who understand this about themselves too and want to walk down these road with me. I’m ready to live more authentically and let my rough edges show more, so that Jesus can shine more as a exhibit His redemptive work in my life. Here’s three things I learned at the Conference that I want to dive into in my life going forward:
1. We are called to confess sin, to pray for one another and we will be healed: James 5:16
This Biblical command makes sense because 1. None of us is perfect, and we’re all going to mess up, 2. How much better to have a group of people you trust, who understand your situation, and are praying for you, partially because they too are not perfect and 3. together you can point each other toward the only solution to our sin, which is the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the light of the world and through Him we have forgiveness for our sin and redemption.
2. We’re called to live in community with one another: Romans 12:9-10
God knew that we would need each other to love one another and to admonish one another and to pray for one another, so He wired us to live in community. There were never meant to be ‘lone ranger’ Christians. In fact, Proverbs 18:1 says, ‘Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire, he breaks out against all sound judgment.’
3. Jesus power is made perfect in weakness 2 Cor. 12:9
As I lead others in my ministry, my vulnerability to share my struggle shows my dependence on Jesus. The only reason I have any hope for my life is because of Jesus and what He’s done for me on the cross. As Jonathan Pokluda said that the conference, ‘If dependence on Jesus is the goal, weakness is our advantage as leaders.’
As I sat and listened to Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor at Watermark speak about how vulnerable he is about his sin, the way that he has other Senior leaders in his church that he regularly confesses to and they way they readily pray for him, it’s a bit surprising at first, if for no other reason that you don’t generally hear Senior Pastors of big mega churches talk with such easy about the topic.
May we all become that transparent and may God raise up for all of us a group of believers who want to walk in the light together as we battle together!