Please listen to Paul Tripp's testimony of his own weakness:
Dangerous Calling from Paul Tripp Ministries on Vimeo.
He's not just talking about problems for pastors, though he is talking about that.
We drive leaders into hiding.
We let people hold Scripture without bringing it to bear on our hearts and lives.
We need communities of pastoral care not just academies to train leaders.
We need to be interested in others lives.
We're all sinners. We're all in the middle of our sanctification.
We easily live with a huge disconnect between our public persona and our private lives.
God has decided to use unfinished people. And that's very good news.
As I hear Paul Tripp's testimony I can relate to his story about his own anger. I feel my own struggles with relational sin and self-righteousness (which can often burn away inside as anger), my failing to value people and give myself to them while delighting in my own interests. Each day I need to fight to look to Christ and know his life through me. I'm not a lost cause - I'm being changed and Christ loves through me, weak and fallen as I am.
I am unfinished. And the blood of Jesus covers everything.
Read: Paul Tripp: Dangerous Calling (extract)
Read: Vaughan Roberts - A Battle I face
Read: Alex Tylee: I am a gay Christian
Over to you? Why do we cover up? How does it feel to be found in the middle not at the end of our journey?