Have you ever noticed that we Christians seem afraid to be vulnerable?  It seems to me like we hide behind pretenses and clichés to mask our inner struggle to live life.  It’s as if we’re afraid that if others find out we’re not as strong as they think, that somehow that makes us less.  I know that I sometimes have a tendency to pretend everything is o.k., even when I feel like my whole world is falling apart.

What would happen if we made ourselves vulnerable to each other?  What if we allowed ourselves to have differing opinions and respected each other for them?  What if we shared our inner lives with each other and opened up our hearts to let each other in?  What if we lived in true community – seeing and meeting each others needs – without feeling like we’re infringing upon each others’ territory or possessions?  What if, instead of waiting for someone to ASK for help from us, we saw the need and just met it?

I’m not saying that people shouldn’t speak up and ask for things.  After all, in James 4:2, James tells us “You do not have because you do not ask.”  But, keep in mind, he was talking about asking FROM GOD. We don’t have what we are lusting after because we don’t ask.  And if we go on reading in this chapter, we’d find that even when we do ask, we often ask with the wrong motives.

In Acts 2, we find that the early believers didn’t wait for someone to ask for a need to be met.

Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.  Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:43-47 (NASB)

They had ALL things in common!!  They just started selling and sharing.  They saw needs, and they met them.  They even ate together every day.  What would happen to this world, if we stopped hoarding our “stuff” and began sharing it with each other as we saw needs?  What would that show other people?  If we sit around waiting for people to ask us for help, we may wait the rest of our lives.  So, we need to open our eyes.  We need to be observant.  We need to be open.

And those of us who are hiding in our shells afraid to ask, we need to do the same.  We need to be willing to open our mouths and say we have a need.  Each one of us needs to decide in our own hearts that we are no longer going to hide behind pretenses, and we are going to be open and honest with each other and accept our differences – and in fact celebrate our differences.

Being vulnerable is not always a bad thing.  And we’re supposed to be brothers and sisters in Christ, so vulnerability between us should be a given, not an oddity.

Until Next Time,

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Comments
  1. Stacy says:

    Amen! I call it being an open book and I fight the urge to close the book on a regular basis. Thank you for this post.

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