Christianity, at times, feels like it is a social club filled with people that have it all together. Every “how are you” is met with a “Great, Praise the Lord” response that appears somewhat disingenuous and robotic in form.
The reality is, however, that Christians have bad days to. When we do have those bad days, we sometimes feel the pressure to hide those moments to show the world that God is good all the time and that we are always living from a state of victory.
We need to understand that being transparent about having a bad day or overcoming a challenging circumstance, can have a very powerful effect on those watching our lives. All of a sudden, we become human to humanity and that makes us relatable individuals who live in the same world as they do.
The writer of Hebrews describes Jesus’ entrance into the world like this:
15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. – Hebrews 4:15 AMP
The transparency of Jesus is demonstrated to the most extreme as He hung, unclothed, on a cross, for all of mankind. Talk about a bad day. According to Matthew 26:53, Jesus could have at any point called a bunch of angels onto the scene, get Him some clothes, and prove who really had the power.
Instead, He choose to endure the shame and remain transparent to the world. Jesus uses this time of painful transparency to connect a thief to the extravagant love and forgiveness of the Father. Wow. What an effect that had on this unnamed man.
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”43 He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.” – Luke 23:42-43
It doesn’t get much better than this! Jesus’ humility won a heart over on the spot. He provided for us such a great example to follow.
In the middle of the worst day or the most difficult of circumstances, there is loving communication that is always available for us that can take place between us and lost humanity.
All we need to do is lay aside our self-protecting guards we have built around our lives and allow Holy Spirit to use what the enemy has set before us for our destruction and turn it around for someone else’s redemption.
I know, I know. Easier said than done. I get that. It is not easy to let people into our lives and expose our weaknesses or challenges to others so that they can connect to Jesus. Maybe this is something new to you, but I think if the purpose for transparency increases in your mind to include imparting the reality of Jesus to others, you will agree with me that it is well worth it.
I am not ashamed of my weaknesses. In my weaknesses, the strength of Jesus is made perfect and His perfect strength actively working in me, connects others to Him!
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