“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28
If these people knew the real me, they would not be so welcoming, I thought to myself. I had come to a college age church gathering for the first time and felt awkward and out of place. I tried to comprehend the conversations around me, but I might as well have been listening to a foreign language. They said things like, “I felt led by the Spirit to talk to my friend”, “that’s just part of the sanctification process”, and “you need to put on the armor of God”. These phrases we’re just some of the unknown terminology swirling around me.
These people seemed so perfect, so educated in the Bible, so Christian. That wasn’t me; I didn’t have any Bible verses memorized, and I didn’t have a clue what sanctification meant. I had already made so many mistakes in my young life, I felt broken and soiled among these good people.
I wish I would have been brave enough to ask them what they were talking about, but I sat in silence, pretending I knew just what they meant, smiling and nodding my head at the conversation floating around me. However, what I did know kept me coming back. I knew God was real, that His Son Jesus died on a cross to take the penalty for my sin and that Jesus loved me. This I knew.
And after many years of being a Christian, I learned that we are all broken people in some ways and in desperate need of a Savior. It’s Jesus that mends our broken places and puts us back together.
Persevere in your faith, keep going back to a good Bible teaching church, seek out other believers, join a Bible study and take time every day to meet with God. You do belong in the body of Christ, if you believe Jesus is God’s Son, that He died and rose again.
People may seem perfect at first, but give them time, (ha ha), we are all sinners in need of a Savior. Don’t give up, learning who we are in Christ is one of the great privileges we get to experience in our lifetime and for all eternity.
Prayer: My Heavenly Father, thank you for my Savior Jesus, that not only mends my brokenness but makes me righteous through His sacrifice on the cross. What a joy and privilege it is to belong to the family of God. I love you Lord. Amen.