Transparency and the Broken Believer

Transparency

“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

Hebrews 4:13

The impulse to hide seems to be always there. We’re incredibly uncomfortable with transparency, and it shows. The older we get the more sophisticated we become. Perhaps we simply become more adept at personal concealment.

Mental illnesses thrive on secrecy. Perhaps reality is too real for us; perhaps our own proclivity toward our sickness dictates our lives. Making a decision is awfully hard. It’s a complex thing. The human heart is a confusing place. Only God knows it fully and completely.

We want to approach God; and then we don’t. We want to be right in His eyes; and then we could care less. It seems to depend on our state of mind at any given moment. But that changes nothing.

Being transparent is our first real step. My prayer lately has been, “May it be the real me who encounters the real you.” So much good has come to my soul through this, but it must come out of sincerity and truth, which I don’t have an abundance of.

Grace is our only real choice. What He offers us is beyond any comprehension. Our salvation is free. All we must do is repent and believe. We are offered eternal life with an open hand, no tricks or scams. But first, we must admit we’ve no resources of our own.

“Is anyone thirsty?
    Come and drink—
    even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
    it’s all free!
Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
    Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
    You will enjoy the finest food.

“Come to me with your ears wide open.
    Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
    I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.

55:1-2, NLT

God freely gives salvation to all who ask. But we must come, thirsty and hungry.

We can never deserve all that He wants to give us. We’re just beggars. Christianity should always be about beggars telling other beggars where there is bread.

Everything is open to His viewing, and there is no place to hide. We do well to call on God to change us. The beginning can be the hardest part. It is the recognition of sin which is the beginning of salvation.

A good starting point in prayer is, “undo me” or you might pray my prayer, “May it be the real me who encounters the real you.” When we start moving in openness like this we’re able to address the pride and selfishness that is within each one of us.

 

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About Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, epilepsy, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alaska.
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