To stand out for Christ in a world swimming in excuses, we need to take ownership for our wrong-doings. We need to accept blame for our mistakes. And then we need to let God use our shortcomings for good.
Our culture may expect Christians to be faultless, but we do not need to live without fault in order to have an impact for Christ. Because we cannot, of course, live without fault. But when we repent for our actions, our faith becomes authentic and genuine.
Of course our sins hinder the power of Christ through us, but humbly accepting responsibility for our shortfalls shouts out for everyone to hear the reality that we all need God’s grace.
Our Christian voice is amplified to others through how we RESPOND to our shortcomings, not in their absence.
Making excuses may help us avoid facing the truth, but it also minimizes our understanding of the Cross. There are no excuses in the Day of Judgment.
For me, I ask God to move me from frantically and aggressively preserving my personal reputation to acknowledging e my frailty so I can point to you who never fails.