I’ve been meeting with a group of guys over the past few months. We’ve been reading the book Messy Spirituality by Mike Yacconelli. This is the third or fourth time I’ve read the book. It’s a small little book that reminds me that Jesus doesn’t desire perfection, he wants us. He will do the work of cleaning us up, changing our hearts, and helping us to become freed from the sins that we struggle with.
I’m being reminded that when we let Jesus and the Holy Spirit do their job, we can walk in peace in the midst of our messiness and the messiness of the people around us. I’m not responsible to fix you and your issues. That’s the Spirit’s job of transformation.
At the same time I don’t celebrate my messiness. I acknowledge my own sin, my own weakness and keep focusing on Jesus. The more I focus on Jesus who I want to be like, the less I focus on my mess. The more I live like Jesus, the less inclined I am to stay in my mess.
Jesus takes people in their messiness and makes us beautiful. This song by Gungor reminds us of this. If you have a few minutes listen to this song and ask Jesus to help make a beautiful thing out of your mess.