Something has always drawn me to people who are raw. People who are completely honest about who they are, and where they have been. I think it's because I can see the freedom in their lives through their transparency. People who are completely exposed, have freedom in their life because they have nothing hidden in the dark. They have exposed themselves, because they know they have nothing to lose. Why?
They know who they are in Christ. They have let Jesus come and touch every little hidden corner in their hearts. It doesn't matter what people think of them, because they know what the Father says about them. But how do we get to that point? When do we feel free of the bondage that once held us so tightly? When do we drop the chains, that have already been cut loose from us?
Repentance happens to the Father, but confession happens to each other. When we confess what we are going through to people, something absolutely beautiful happens. What was once hidden in the dark, is now brought to the light. You can repent to the Father, but still have it hidden in your heart. Hebrews 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. You see, nothing is hidden from God. However, we are really good at hiding our junk from each other. But, when we confess, and speak it out loud to people, we become transparent. We have nothing more to hide, and we drop the chains God already freed us from through His son.
Once confession happens, accountability takes root. We now have others praying, and holding us accountable. And when accountability takes root, freedom grows in our life. Freedom flourishes, and we begin living a life exposed and transparent to those around us.
I found an old school projector the other day. I actually used it to project a word on a wall, for a project. The paper you use for it, is transparent other than the picture or words you want reflected and projected onto the wall. Regular paper won't work, because it is too dark to project anything. Regular paper projected on the wall makes no sense. Why am I telling this story? So often, culture tells us to take a pill to make us normal. Hide our junk, don't tell a soul or people will hate you or not like you for who you "really" are. But, I am hear to tell you that is a big fat lie. We were never meant to hide, and keep everything hidden in our hearts.
When Adam and Eve hid in the garden, God said "Where are you? Who told you, you were naked?" (Genesis 3) The devil lied to them, and because they listened to him, they hid. When we hide as followers of Jesus, we say "Your love isn't good enough to cover my sin, and you made a mistake somewhere in creating me." We believe the lies, that we need to pretend we are perfect so people will like us, and instead we choose chains over freedom. We choose to live lives reflecting darkness in our hearts that makes absolutely no sense when projected, because Jesus already died and washed all of it away.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
We were created to live lives completely exposed, and transparent. Because Heaven is written on our hearts. God has stamped us with Jesus. I love the story my husband has told in a past sermon. He says, if you flip us upside down and look at the bottom of our foot, like Woody from the movie ToyStory. The bottom of our foot wouldn't read Andy. It would read, Jesus. We need to start living our lives transparent, so the world around us can see Jesus. We are so fearful they will see broken, ugly, unlovable people. Let me reassure you, it isn't about you. Who cares what people think. Just maybe you are meant to live exposed and share all your ugly, so a dying world can see the love of Jesus and how he turned your ugly into beauty and freedom.
Freedom is irresistible to others.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor