I love it when Nathan and I get to drive north for two hours and attend Forerunner Christian Fellowship service in Kansas City. Not only do we love the worship but we love soaking up the messages that seem to speak into something we have been discussing or praying about.
Tonight’s message was on vulnerability.
The definition the pastor gave was this:
Vulnerability is the sense of being susceptible to physical and emotional pain.
We are all vulnerable. Especially if we love…….or play extreme sports. 🙂
One phrase I highlighted in my notes said– the doorway to intimacy is through vulnerability. Ugghhhh…….
Do we have to?
Do we have to be willing to let others see us, know us and love us up close if we want to experience the kind of intimacy that calms and heals our restless heart?
Yes. We really do.
We were created for communion. With our Creator and one another.
Vulnerability feels risky. And it is.
Our relationship with God is not so tough.
He already knows everything about us.
And if we’ve been taught what’s right and true, we should know that He loves and will never forsake us even in our worst moments.
However, it feels more risky with people because people are not God.
Not everyone can handle our stuff and love us.
But some can. And those some are worth the risk.
To know them and to let them know us.
King David had no choice but to be vulnerable to the masses.
His sin was made public.
In fact, here is what the Lord said to David about his secret sin:
“Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, and under the sun.” (Speaking of his consequences)
Before you make God out as a bully, David’s sin of adultery went from bad to worse when he had Bathsheba’s husband killed.
His consequences had to be severe.
And so was the Lord’s mercy in David’s life.
And do you want to know why?
Because David owned His stuff.
He could have denied it, justified it and excused it but instead he confessed it and pleaded for God’s mercy.
He went on to suffer painful consequences while at the same time being restored to the call God had on his life.
It was a gift of mercy for David to have to deal with his sin.
He didn’t get the option of sweeping it under the rug for a time or blaming it on something outside of his own heart. (Because there is nothing swept under our respective rugs that will stay there forever.)
Again, David owned his stuff.
And this is what vulnerability can do…..it can give others the opportunity to partner with God in the healing of another and say…….
You are forgiven.
You are loved.
You are welcome here.
I want you near me.
And you are valuable and honored.
Do you know someone who needs to hear these words?
Someone who has “owned their stuff” but has not been restored?
There are countless souls who are running in shame who need to know their stuff is not too much for us to handle.
Look around. Listen with your heart. And be ready to love them up close even as God does.
Ps.The only people in the Bible who thought they had no stuff were the Pharisees. And Jesus called them blind.