This week I’ve been reading a book called, “Accidental Saints” by Nadia Bolz-Weber. She’s a Lutheran pastor who founded a church called House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is a novelty to most because, as she describes herself: I’m heavily tattooed and I curse like a sailor. This is Nadia:
She is brilliant, funny and a two time New York Times bestselling author. I think she is wonderful and I am really enjoying her book. In the chapter I just read yesterday, Nadia wrote about how at times she doesn’t know what to do, because she is often reminded of her own shortcomings, which makes her feel unqualified to preach. Yet she writes this:
“My friend Tullian put it this way: ‘Those most qualified to speak the gospel are those who truly know how unqualified they are to speak the gospel.’ Never once did Jesus scan the room for the best example of holy living and send that person out to tell others about him. He always sent stumblers and sinners. I find that comforting.”
I too find that comforting, because almost everyday I feel woefully inadequate when it comes to leading, teaching or preaching. I hope that her friend Tullian is right.
Nadia also wrote this about her congregation: “Almost all of them said they love that their preacher is so obviously preaching to herself and just allowing them to overhear it.”
This is definitely what is happening today, friends. Nadia preached to me yesterday and I hope you all don’t mind overhearing it. I needed to hear her words, because I often feel conflicted or that I am a huge hypocrite when I make mistakes and then get up to preach to you all on Sunday.
God’s grace is big enough to cover all of those things, and God’s grace is big enough for whatever you’re struggling with today. Whatever lie you have let yourself believe about yourself, whatever addiction you have given into, whatever you are feeling guilty for today, God’s grace covers that too. So rest easy friends, we’re all messed up and we all need grace. Thank you for forgiving my shortcomings. I forgive you too.
Have a wonderful week my friends,