3 Benefits of Vulnerability – A Study on Vulnerability

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:

  1. Word of the Year – 2017
  2. What is it? – A Study on Vulnerability
  3. Walking in the Light – A Study on Vulnerability
  4. 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.

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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:

Benefit #1:

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.

-John 3:20-21

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.

Benefit #2:

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.

Ephesians 5:11-13

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.

Benefit #3:

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?
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15 thoughts on “3 Benefits of Vulnerability – A Study on Vulnerability

  1. I love those scriptures! 🙂 I agree with your conclusions…I also think that vulnerability and humility before God is what lets Christ’s atoning power work into us to repentance (like the third scripture says).

    Additionally there are benefits to vulnerability without regards to sin…usually vulnerability comes when we are sharing personal things about ourselves or are trying something new. And while that leaves us open to the possibility of failure or hurt from someone else, it also allows us to forge deeper bonds with people (like you were saying with fellowship) and it allows us to learn, grow, and develop our talents.

    The scripture that keeps coming to mind is when Jesus says that we should become like little children, and another scripture in the Book of Mormon that explains what that is: “submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” (Mosiah 3:19) I just love those simple attributes that we need to develop, and I feel like vulnerability is a big part of those.

    Thanks for sharing, Jordy! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for commenting with your thoughts, Lana! 🙂 I like your points about Christ’s atoning work and learning, growing and developing our talents. The point about our talents (as far as I’m aware) isn’t overtly addressed in the Bible. Even so, we observe it in the world around us, and that which takes place in God’s world will inevitably support that which He has communicated to us in His Word, right? So I really love that you brought up that point.

      I must admit that when you bring up the Book of Mormon as having equal authority, I kind of falter. I don’t even know where to engage in the conversation when we’re on such different pages regarding how we should receive its words. You already know I don’t believe it’s the authoritative Word of God and I already know that you do. Does that mean I automatically believe everything in it is wrong? .. well, no. I believe there can be truth, just like any person can speak truth, lies, and statements he/she believes to be true but that aren’t. I’m sorry, I’ve gotten far off topic here. I don’t think you intended this to turn into a debate, and I don’t intend it that way, either.

      I do find it interesting, though, that I understand what Jesus said not so much to be about the virtues you listed from Mosiah, but about dependence for even the most basic needs in life. That said, I don’t think the qualities you mentioned are bad – far from it! I think they’re honorable goals talked about elsewhere in the Bible. Thank you for engaging with me in conversation here. 🙂

      On a side note, do you know where the names of the individual books in the Book of Mormon come from? I’m just curious because Mosiah doesn’t sound to me like a name from the 19th century, America. Or maybe it is. I’m not much of a history buff, after all. 😀

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      1. Thanks! 🙂 I think there are a few mentions in the Bible, like letting your light shine and not hiding it, that could be referring to talents…or maybe it’s just about sharing the gospel. Or both! 😉

        Perhaps you could compare the things I share from the Book of Mormon with what is written in the Bible. If there is a discrepancy, then we can talk about it, but if it has the same aim and goal as the Bible, then it would still apply and be acceptable.

        I love that–dependence for even the most basic needs in life. We need Him! And He will help us.

        You’re quite right that Mosiah isn’t from the 19th century! 😀 It just occurred to me that I didn’t really ever explain what the Book of Mormon is about.

        The Book of Mormon is a record written by God’s followers in the ancient Americas. It begins with a prophet Lehi, who was a contemporary with Jeremiah in the Bible, about 600 B.C., who was commanded to leave Jerusalem and travel to the promised land (the Americas) to escape the destruction of Jerusalem. It’s the writing of the prophets & the people, comparable to the Bible. (If you want a more thorough explanation, here’s the introduction to the Book of Mormon that explains it: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/introduction?lang=eng )

        So Mosiah is the name of one of the prophets in the Book of Mormon, just like many of the books in the Old Testament (Job, Isaiah, Jonah, to name a few). Does that make sense?

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      2. Good suggestion, and that I’ll try to do: comparing the things you share from the Book of Mormon with what the Bible says – even testing the things you share against the Bible. Of course that’s a sensible option… that’s what I hope I would do with any other ideas and perspectives I consider.

        And oooh, I see! I had assumed that the Book of Mormon was written by Joseph Smith. I guess that’s a pretty big assumption to make! Thanks for clarifying! 🙂

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  2. Do you come to the same conclusions based on the above-shared verses?:
    Yes, pretty much so. I can’t think of any contradictions.
    What other ways do you see that the Body of Christ benefits from vulnerability?;
    None, really.
    How else does it serve as a means to glorify God?:
    I don’t know … I suppose mostly for the reasons you listed!

    I’m sorry about my boring, thoughtless comment! I can’t think of anything today! I suppose I’m just too tired from working all day to come up with anything. 🙂

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    1. Oh Kellyn, I hope you don’t feel obligated to comment here! If you’re tired from working all day, go get a cool glass of water and spend time with your family. Or God. Or whatever you need to to get the rest you need. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well.

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      1. No, I don’t feel obligated to comment! But I like to. I actually went into the comment thinking I had something to say and then ended up not having anything to say … I don’t know why I posted it, therefore. I guess I just was too tired to think. 😉 But I’m much better now.

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  3. Yes, I agree with you! I really like how you let the Word of God speak for itself too, instead of just listing your thoughts on the verses.

    My sister mentioned (yes, I read this post to her, and we’ve been discussing it) that being vulnerable brings the body of Christ closer to each other. And I think it increases our witness to non-believers. So many people are just looking for someone who’s genuine and real about what they believe, and if we’re vulnerable that will show through. The benefits you brought up kind of cover all that though.

    Thanks for this post, Jordy! It’s a blessing to be part of your journey learning more about vulnerability. 🙂

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    1. It’s hard to let the Word of God speak for itself. Do you ever feel that way, Jessica? Sometimes I just want to explain it and put it in my own words so that other people will see it the way I do. So I have to be wary of that and remember that it’s not my Word to begin with.

      It’s really sweet that you read this post with your sister. I hope it was a special time of bonding for you, grounded in God’s Word.

      I love what you said about increasing our testimony to non-believers. It seems like that’s the inevitable result when believers are living according to God’s design simply because it works. And in a world of chaos and confusion, when a lost soul notices something that works, it’s bound to leave a good witness, right?

      Thank you for encouraging me all through this series, Jessica! It’s a pleasure and a blessing to share it with you!

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  4. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Thanks a lot!

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    1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear about this! I only just found your message after it having been buried in my spam inbox (?) for a while. It’s a real pain for you, and I hope for your sake that activity on that blog post will have slowed down by now, because in all my working with WordPress, I honestly have no idea to remove you from that. :/

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