'You know I need all the love you give a loser like me
I just don't know why you would give it for free
When I don't deserve it'
- Sixpence None the Richer 'Loser Like Me' -
Over Lent I read a daily devotional by Adrian Plass that covered the period between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday. Adrian Plass is an author I'd recommend to anyone, regardless of faith, as he has a way of putting forward ideas in a really accessible and humorous manner. In the devotional he referred to himself as a 'failed' Christian on more than one occasion. It suddenly hit me that that's exactly what I am too. In fact, I think if every Christian looked in their hearts, they would recognise the same. I often get it wrong. I don't always act in a way that reflects Jesus. Adrian Plass asks the challenging question, 'Do we dare to turn the lights on and still claim to be followers of Jesus?' (Plass, The Unlocking).
That's the beauty of what we believe in. We have sinned, and we continue to sin, but all those sins (past, present and future) were nailed on the cross with Jesus. We can still claim to be children of God even though we consistently mess up. It takes a lot of courage to admit to being a 'failed' Christian, but it's essential that we remember that God loves us all the same, believers and non believers alike. Nobody is a step above another.
Just a short post today as I have a lot I need to do, but my testimony is now accessible if you'd like to read it. There is a link to it beneath my header entitled 'Love Story' or alternatively just click here.