Our house is for sale. If you didn’t know, we are mooooooving :). We have had the house for sale by owner for a while now, have it listed on Zillow etc. and are going to list with a realtor soon if it doesn’t sell. We have had a lot of traffic the past month or two, especially considering that it is FSBO. But, a lot of traffic means a lot of cleaning. When you’re showing your house to a potential buyer, you don’t just clean it… it needs to look as if you don’t live there. Like a magazine.
One week, we were showing the house on a Friday evening and that evening got a call that a realtor wanted to show it the next morning! YES! It was already clean so this was a win! I may or may not have told the kids, “Like – don’t even sleep in your beds.” I was kidding. Sort of. 🙂
But the truth of the matter is we live here. We typically don’t make our beds (*GASP). Our sink usually has at least a few dishes sitting there. We have dogs (enough said). We have SHOES. We have dirty laundry. We smudge the glass doors. We have crumbs. We have HAIR in the bathroom! UGH! And even when we do our weekly chores, there’s still some of all of that – which is okay on a typical day – but not a house-showing day.
I wonder if sometimes we do that as Christians. When we go to church or going to be with our Christian friends. We get magazine ready – maybe not model, actor type ready, but we hide the crumbs, we dust the end tables of our lives, we wipe away the smudges – albeit temporarily. We wear the clean clothes, put away the dishes. We may not let anyone know that we have hair on the bathroom floor of our hearts. We put on a front, hide the imperfections and certainly don’t share that we have dirty laundry.
But the truth of the matter is we live here. We live here on this planet and until we reach heaven, we are going to have smudges, hair and imperfections. We have sin, faults, and failures. We do not have it all together. No, not even that one that you see week after week – she doesn’t either.
There’s no house showing for us as believers. In fact, we’re not supposed to worry about the outside of our cup looking clean when the inside is struggling, dirty, depressed, wretched, far from God. (Matt 23:25-26) If you’re around a group of believers and there’s not a culture of real or of “we live here” than be the first one. Take the risk and share. Yes, it will be uncomfortable. Yes, you may (will probably) get weird looks. And then, the walls come down and another has an open door to share. And another. And another. Next thing you know you have a culture of “we live here.” Of authenticity. A safe place where burdens can be shared together, struggles can be lifted up in unity and support and God can move in and through community.
We don’t need a Savior because we have it all together. We need a Savior because we are imperfect, we mess up, we struggle. We are desperate for Him. That is why God sent us His Son… and why He gave us each other. We need more real. We need more authenticity. We need more “we live here.”
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Phil. 3:12