It’ll Be Pretty When We Get There
Why is it we believe that Jesus waits for us to have it altogether before we feel worthy enough to tell others about Him? Why do we fall for the lies our enemy whispers that we are just too wounded, too broken to lead people to Jesus? And while we’re here, why is it that some believers pass through this life making an idol out of the book of Revelation and the conspiracies surrounding end times, making their excuses that the world has too much ugliness in it. So, they remind other believer’s that there’s no point helping a broken world because heaven is where we’re headed, and it’ll be pretty when we get there. Yes, heaven is sure gonna be pretty when we get there, but the reason Jesus wants us to remember His death and resurrection is because as we pass through this life, it won’t be pretty along the way. And that’s how it needs to be to reach others.
Ed Catmull, previous president of Disney Pixar, once said, “Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you share them with others. Show early and show often. It’ll be pretty when we get there, but it won’t be pretty along the way. And that’s as it should be.” He wasn’t talking about “Christian stuff” he was talking about the creative process in all its messiness early on in the process and showing that messiness often when going through the creative process of making animated movies. Ed reminded his staff over and over that the process isn’t going to be pretty along the way, but it’ll be pretty when it’s complete when it’s done when it’s finished. When I read this quote, I could see how we too have the same struggles in our faith.
I had a conversation with my dear friend the other day and she shared something with me. She told me that she had carried the thought for years that if she was the slightest bit broken, she felt that she had to deal with it herself and couldn’t be used by God in any way. She realised that she had listened to this lie for so long, that it had seeped into her communion time with Jesus. Because someone from her past told her that she needed to have it all together before leading worship, she had brought that same lie into her communion time with Jesus. Her final words in our conversation broke my heart. She said, “There was no way I could lead worship if I was struggling, because what sort of example would that be?” Thankfully, the lie that told her she needed to be perfect before approaching Jesus, had finally been exposed.
We tend to think that when Jesus broke the bread and poured the wine during the Last Supper with His disciples it was elegant, graceful, and beautiful. However, this meal took place surrounded by foot washing, questioning, drama, and tension. There was nothing pretty about the agonising pain Jesus was just about to go through.
‘Then He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and shared it with them. “This is My body, My body given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” And similarly, after the meal had been eaten, He took the cup. “This cup, which is poured out for you, is the new covenant, made in My blood. But even now, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on this table. As it has been determined, the Son of Man, that firstfruit of a new generation of humanity, must be betrayed, but how pitiful it will be for the person who betrays Him.” They immediately began questioning each other. “Which one of us could do such a horrible thing?”’ Luke 22:23 (The Voice Translation)
Jesus, in His wisdom, was saying to His disciples, “I understand you want to join Me in My Kingdom. And yes, it’ll be pretty when you finally get there, but it won’t be pretty along the way. It will be messy, and it will be painful, and there’s going to be drama and a lot of tension before you join Me in My Kingdom. And that’s as it should be otherwise you won’t pass the Good News onto others that are needed to be reached with the message.”
Let me ask you a question. Do you think the disciples believed they were good enough to share the good news of Jesus as He hung dying on the cross? Hardly. Our enemy loves nothing more than to keep us bound in chains that keep reminding us that we’ll never be good enough, we’ll never measure up to share Jesus with others because we’re not perfect. These chains are designed to keep us small, contained, and ineffective in our faith.
Know this, our enemy doesn’t want people to reach heaven because he got kicked out a long time ago and he knows how pretty it really is. But we need to keep reminding our enemy that we don’t need to be good enough to share our faith because Jesus is good enough, and that’s good enough for us!
Honestly, heaven will be pretty when we get there. In fact, it will be breathtakingly, stunningly beautiful when we get there as we see it in all its wonder and majesty, I’ve no doubt about that. But if we keep waiting for things in life to be perfect as we pass through this world before we feel we can share our faith with others, it will never happen. Take my advice, show your feelings, struggles, doubts, and mistakes to Jesus early on in the process and show them to Him as often as you spend time in His presence.
He’s totally covered your brokenness, pain, and wounding with His sacrifice because that’s what the bread and the wine in communion are all about. He’ll give you the confidence as you spend time with Him to share your testimony with others and tell them what He’s done in and through you, and He’ll do it in the simplest, and yet most profound ways. Sure, it won’t be pretty along the way because life is messy, but it will be pretty when we get there. And that’s as it should be.
Have you listened to the lies that you need to have it all together before approaching Jesus, or before you can share your faith with others?
I pray today, that you will have a fresh revelation of the fact that you don’t need to wait for things to be perfect to help people see Jesus in you. Walk in the freedom that life is messy, and it won’t be pretty along the way, but it will be pretty when we finally meet Jesus face to face. And that’s as it should be. Amen.