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Vulnerability Changes Lives

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It is unfortunate how we have let the performance-based culture we live in, make it’s home within the walls of church buildings. A repercussion of that is the adoption of moralism as a standard with which we measure each other’s spirituality. When the misfits and outcasts walk in our doors, I would hope that they wouldn’t feel the same pressure to fit in, that the world places on them; but I am afraid they do. I am afraid that I might be found guilty trying to put my best foot forward at church, as if I was in a constant interview for the most-inspirational-member award.

If I am guilty, I am afraid that my words that proclaim, “Everyone should come as they are to the foot of the cross,” may not be convincing.

Testimonies

Most Christians are aware of the power of sharing a testimony. Some of us have another’s story to thank for its use in our own eternal salvation narrative. I think that there should be the same awareness about the importance of sharing stories of sanctification.

If you want to change the world, let the world see how you have been changed.
And if you want to change the Church, let the Church see how you are being changed.

The hard part about this isn’t sharing what God is teaching us, but sharing why he had to teach us. Regrettably though, leaving out the confession and vulnerability does little to reach those, who look at the mess in their life, and wonder if they will ever be free from it. There is a reason why people with extreme stories of conversion are frequently asked to share- it gives people confidence that if someone who was that far away could be accepted, loved and saved by Jesus, so can they.

The same could be true if those who others see as perfect were to share that they too still need the Lord to “clean them up.” We need more vulnerability for the confidence found in salvation to also be found in sanctification. We need more believers to be transparent about the dark places in their life, so that not only can they be transformed by the light of the Gospel of grace, but also so others can have the courage to come and be cleaned.

[quote_box author=”Psalm 51:12-13″ profession=””]“Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
And sinners will return to you.”
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The Call

As people, who have all been called to live our life with the mission of making disciples, we need to abandon the performance-based mentality. We need to not see admitting to failure as weakness; instead, we need to encourage it as a product of understanding grace.

We do not need to be dishonest in order to “protect” God’s reputation. He is the King of Kings and his fame is unstoppable. We don’t need to be afraid that if we share how messed up we are, that we will discredit the power of the Cross. We need to understand that it is denying our need for redemption that dishonors the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice.

What’s the hardest thing about all of this?

It is going to take you. It is going to have to be your life that runs exposed through the church halls. It is going to be your sin, your brokenness, your fear that others will see. But while you fear that you may not win the outstanding-Christian award, remember that the Jesus himself wouldn’t have either. He would have been too busy hanging out with you, a sinner who was hopeless on your on his own.

How has someone’s vulnerability encouraged you?
How can you choose to be more vulnerable in your community?
What is holding you back?

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