The Church Face


The Church Face?

Have you heard of this phenomenon that is plaguing churches everywhere?  It is this crazy disease that whenever you step into a church, you have to get your act together by dressing the right way, talking the talk, and even walking the walk. When people ask you how you are, you say “good,” even if it was absolute chaos getting everyone in the car ready and dressed to get to church that morning. The goal is to look as perfect as possible and make everyone believe that you have it all together as the ideal “Christian” family.

Sounds pretty backwards doesn’t it?

I would know; I’ve been there. Even as I was serving as one of the vocalists for the worship team, there was a span of months, where I would make sure I had the perfect outfit on and looked absolutely ideal from the outside looking in. The truth was I was so empty on the inside. The rest of my week was filled with stressful moments, where tears would flood my eyes and sleep was rarely found. However, when Sunday came, none of that mattered, except for making sure people knew that I had it together. I mean people didn’t want to be led by someone that was broken, right?

Don’t we all have that misconception that it is best to look  put together instead of letting our cracks and flaws show?

But really, quite the opposite is true. God has taught me that His power is perfected in my weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). Especially when it comes to serving.


"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."

2 Corinthians 12:9

There have been Sundays when I have gone to step on stage and felt very unsure of how I was going to sing a song, let alone stand in front of everyone and not bust into tears, yet those have been my most genuine moments of worship.  

What if we all came into Sunday just as we were the rest of the week? Whether that be genuinely broken or even being okay with having a good week.  

The point of serving is to be like Jesus and Jesus was raw, relevant, and real. He wasn’t afraid to show His true self. From overthrowing tables in the temple, weeping over Lazarus, to even sweating blood over the thought of going to the Cross. Even though He was perfect, He also let His emotions show.

Even though Jesus was perfect, He also let His emotions show.

Jesus was real and He was consistent. Who He was during the week was the same on Sunday and people were attracted to that. The same is true for us. People are attracted to our weaknesses more than they will be attracted to our strengths, because our weaknesses relate better and remind us of our humanity.

We are better together and if you want to serve people, take an opportunity and be vulnerable. You never know when your story will relate to someone else or they will be able to help you. For me, being able to talk to other people about what I have walked through has made me a better servant, because I see my need for Jesus, and others can see that as well.

Your need for Jesus throughout the week will always trump your appearance for Him on Sundays.

Your need for Jesus throughout the week will always trump your appearance for Him on Sundays.

church, identity, emotionsHailley White