" But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us." II Corinthians 4:7
We are often embarrassed by our cracked pots. So we get pretty creative crafting, taping, mudding, and repairing those pots ourselves to hide our brokenness. We want people to see a beautiful, completed work of God. We don't want to shame Him by revealing our sin, our past, our mess-ups, or our brokenness. We work hard to hide the chips, cracks, and ugly fissures inside us.
We may get so creative that we take our broken pieces and completely rework our lives--creating a mosaic which looks nothing like the original that God created.
The problem with both of these solutions is that the glory of God can't come through! We may look perfect and have a flawless exterior--or we may just look like a covered up mess to others. But either way, the glory of God is blocked and shut in. There's no revealing of God's redemptive power!
When you cover up, hide, rework, salvage your broken life yourself...the beautiful brilliant presence of God is hidden from others. You're displaying what YOU can do...which is amateurish at best.
You've then developed a religious spirit trying to appear perfect...when you're not.