Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?… (Gal 4:16).
Have you ever spoken the truth in love to someone only to have them shut you out and turn you away? I have.
Have you ever had someone speak the truth to you and you’ve done the very same thing? Turning your back away from them because your heart was too hard and stubborn to receive what they had to say? Yeah, that’s definitely been me too.
I have learned, over the years that the heart in need of the most change is my own. It’s not “those people” or “those Christians” who just can’t seem to get it together, but it’s my own heart that is in need of God’s transformative love. You see, when I embrace this reality I’ll be much more likely to welcome people into my life to speak hard truths that I need to hear instead of surrounding myself with people who just tell me what I want to hear.
Have you ever sat in a church service thinking, “This is my time to impress other people, I’ve got to look good so people see how great I am at following Jesus.” Maybe that’s just been me, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve put up a facade to try and keep up an image to protect yourself from fully being known. Being fully known means exposing the true you. The person with flaws, insecurities, fears, pride, and doubt. Yes, the person who needs freedom, but who keeps hiding.
Stop hiding, it’s only hurting you.
The shocking thing is that some of our churches are actually set up to create this kind of atmosphere. An atmosphere that helps us stay hidden because when the altar becomes more about a show than a place to come and be broken it’s easy to hide our wilderness wanderings and go to the altar to praise ourselves instead of God.
As we lift up our hands to God, we too need to bow our hearts in humility. For when we do, we welcome others to come close and speak hard truths into our lives for the glory of God and for our own growth in Christ.
Lord, I want to be like you. Forgive me when I hide my junk from others out of shame. Please help me continue to be transparent, in Jesus name, Amen.