It’s been more than a month since the last post in my series on vulnerability. In fact, I felt I had to go back and read all four of the previous installments to remember where I had left off and regain my train of thought. In case you want to do the same, or if you’re a new reader wondering what I’m talking about, feel free to check out the following links.
Previously in this series:
- Word of the Year – 2017
- What is it? – A Study on Vulnerability
- Walking in the Light – A Study on Vulnerability
- Light of the World – A Study on Vulnerability
The last posts contemplated the hard side of vulnerability – the exposure of sin, the shame of facing condemning truth. This living in the light business is pretty heavy.
But the last thing I want you or me to believe is that following Christ is all about being vulnerable for the sake of suffering as an end, or that we can earn God’s favor by doing so.
Today I want to share with you some benefits of vulnerability. When you read benefit, think not only in terms of how believers are blessed but also how God is glorified. You may find that the two are barely distinguishable.
My goal is not to think of nice-sounding reasons and then try to squeeze Scripture in all the wrong ways until it “supports” my verdict. Rather, I’ll show you first a passage of Scripture and then add below it the conclusion I came to based on it. Please remember, the Bible verses remain the inspired Word of God, and my conclusions, not. All the meat and good stuff are found in the verses. If you’re going to let any one portion of this post really soak in, let it be the words of God:
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Vulnerability showcases God’s glorious power to transform lives. Those who used to fear the light now come to it because they’re not afraid for their deeds to be clearly seen. They’ve been done in the sight of God, after all.
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
Vulnerability purges remaining sin from the lives of His children. Exposing disobedience in the light exposes the disobedient to shame. They recognize that these deeds are despised in God’s sight and turn from them such that these illuminated deeds become – or are replaced by – a light.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
-1 John 1:7
Vulnerability enables fellowship in the Body of Christ. Fellowship is the idea of deep, heartfelt relationship between those of us who have received salvation. We can’t experience this level of love when we intentionally hide certain sin-struggles out of fear.
There you have my understanding of how fellowship fits into God’s design to bless us and glorify Him.
What do you think?
- Do you come to the same conclusions based on the above-shared verses?
- What other ways do you see that the Body of Christ benefits from vulnerability?
- How else does it serve as a means to glorify God?