Is it me or is it easy to get discouraged when you just aren't hitting the mark spiritually? Peter knew this discouragement first hand:
 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.  And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”  Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.”  And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”  But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same. (Mark 14:26-31)
 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.”  But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”  But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.”  And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. (Mark 14:69-72 ESV)
This is Peter. Jesus' "boy"! You know, Mister "You are the Christ…". Mister, "Jesus, if that's You walking on water command ME to come to You" (which he did – Peter stood on water). How could someone who was so close to Jesus, someone who had experienced all the Peter had fail so greatly. And knowing that Jesus knew Peter would fail (Mark 14:30) why did Jesus still choose him to lead His Church?
 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)
Is that as amazing to you as it is to me?
Here's the deal, we all fail. You may try hard and may be winning in many ways but you aren't "there" yet. God knows that. God uses broken people. God isn't looking for you to be perfect, He's looking for you to be His – to be surrendered to Him, to be emptied of yourself so that HE can fill your emptiness with Himself.
Can I point out an obvious: there is failure and sin in the church! Every week Vertical Church has people coming who don't have a relationship with Jesus. Sinners! I'm proud of it! We straight up let sinners come to Vertical Church – I'm thankful they want to come. By the way, that's why we are here!!! I am not burdened that there are people in our church who live a sinful lifestyle, I'm glad they are coming and learning; I hope they are drawing closer to receiving Jesus. What grieves me is when I learn that people who are supposed to be followers of Jesus are living out a sinful lifestyle.
(By the way, all churches have sinners in them – there are just some who have forgotten that they are because they have learned to overlook the sin they see as minor in their life.)
I know that God has called the Church to be His holy bride which is why we are constantly pushing the believers and challenging them to draw near to God. We want to help the saved to be passionate about Jesus so they can lead others to Jesus. However, people fail. They miss the mark (Romans 3:10). Often times the church tends to cast off and leave our members who fail instead of helping people get back on track. Shall we never forget that Jesus loves imperfect people, people like His buddy Peter whom He met with AFTER Peter had denied that he even knew Jesus; Jesus said to Simon Peter:
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” …“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep… And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Let's continue to encourage people to draw closer to Jesus, especially when they fail. That's what Jesus would do.