It’s springtime family! All the snow is gone now, and it’s raining plenty. This is the time of year that was made for longboarding, late night pizza and anime nights with brothers, sleeping in your backyard, and early morning sunrise watchings. Enjoy this season that God blessed us with!
Real quick before i actually talk about what i want to talk about I’m going to try to make a clarification about this blog. i started this blog so that i could share with you the adventurous life of being a missionary, the new and strange interactions with new people and cultures, the unique life that God has blessed me with. This blog was not started to be a spiritual guidance blog or a christian living blog, because I’m not good at those things.
Even though i talk about different spiritual topics, and what i think is a proper response to certain things, thats not what this blog is for. Right now I’m still at home waiting to take the first step in missions. Its all planned out, and i am growing closer and closer to that first step every day. But for now while i am still at home living a really normal life, i will talk about some of the things i am struggling with, and how i believe God wants me to react to those things. Basically all the words on this blog so far have been me preaching to myself, But God in his goodness and grace allows those words to maybe speak to someone else.
This all kind of leads into what i really wanted to talk about in this post. i am a broken human.
i believe that all to often in the church and christian community there is a tendency to look at leaders and teachers and “good people” as more than a sinful human being. And on the flip side, people who are viewed as being “good” begin to hide sin and other messy things in their life so that it looks like they are living up to the standard of “good”. i have seen this standard of being a “good christian” ruin the lives of many people. i have seen churches fall apart because the pastor, who never sinned or struggled with sin all of the sudden fall into adultery, and the congregation is shocked! Thats crazy! All men are human, and all humans sin.
i am a human. i sin. i can never ever live up to the standard of being “good”.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
i am desperately sick.
Now, it’s not all doom and gloom because i have been saved from this sin, and i am not held captive by sin.
Romans 6:6-7 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.
However i am still a mess.
Romans 3:9-11 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God”.
But i am still loved in spite of all that sin and wickedness
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Despite all our sin we are still loved! We are loved so much that the God who created the world, decided that spending all eternity with us was worth killing his son over.
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
So we are loved and saved in spite of all the sin, brokenness, and messes in our lives.
Hahahaha i kinda got a little side tracked there, sorry. Basically all i am trying to say is please, when you look at me and the life i am living, look with the right perspective. i am not “good” and cannot be, so when i sin and mess up, dont be surprised. And don’t expect me to live a life free from sin and messes. I’ll be honest i struggle lots with sin. i am as much of a sinner as you are, and i am also loved and forgiven just like you are.
Thats all i have for this go around. Thanks all for reading. As always feel free to contact me, whether you have prayer requests, questions, complaints, or just want someone to talk to, hit me up!
Noah Brandt – firstname.lastname@example.org– 720-635-4235