Christianity, at times, feels like it is a social club filled with people that have it all together. Every “how are you” is met with a “Great! Praise the Lord!” response that appears somewhat disingenuous and robotic in form. The reality is, however, that Christians have bad days too. When we have those bad days we sometimes feel the pressure to hide those moments in order to show the world that God is good all the time and that we are always living from a state of victory. While both of these statements are true, being transparent about having a bad day or living out a challenging circumstance can have a very powerful effect on those watching our lives. All of a sudden we become human to humanity, and that makes us relatable individuals who live in the same world as they do. The writer of Hebrews describes Jesus’ entrance into the world like this:
15 For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. – Hebrews 4:15 AMP
The transparency of Jesus is demonstrated so clearly while He hung naked on a cross. Talk about a bad day! According to Matthew 26:53, Jesus could have, at any point, called a bunch of angels onto the scene to get Him some clothes and kick some Roman butt. Rather, He chose to endure the shame and remain transparent to the world. Jesus uses this time of painful transparency to connect a thief to the extravagant love and forgiveness of the Father.
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”43 He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.” – Luke 23:42-43
It doesn’t get much better than this! Jesus provided for us such a great example to follow. In the middle of the worst day, or the most difficult of circumstances, there is a loving communication that can take place between us and lost humanity. All we need to do is lay aside our self-protecting guards we build around our lives and allow Holy Spirit to use what the enemy has set before us for our destruction and turn it around for someone else’s redemption.
I know, I know – easier said than done. I get that. It is not easy to let people into our lives and expose our weaknesses or challenges so that they can connect to Jesus. Maybe this is something new to you, but I think if the purpose for transparency increases in your mind to include imparting the reality of Jesus to others, you will agree with me that it is well worth it. I sometimes wonder if a more transparent church would lead to a Spiritual Awakening within our nation.