Dare to Be Vulnerable with God
A life with Christ brings with it a profound personal freedom. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” He also said, “And the truth will set you free.” Free from what? Some of us in this world are fortunate to already be free from oppression, free from hunger, free from disease and poverty and abuse. But many of us are not free from ourselves, from those parts of our beings that weigh us down and make us weak. Christ can, and wants to, free us from ourselves, from our debilitating flaws.
But first we must admit that we are weak. That doesn’t just mean we need to say it aloud once, or tell a church leader. That means we must believe that we are weak. We must come to terms with the fact that we need God, that we cannot do it on our own. This requires the ultimate vulnerability. We must humble ourselves and stand (or sit, or kneel) in front of our Creator and say, “I recognize that I am weak. I know that I need you. Please take the reins.”
A relationship with God is often described by using marriage as a metaphor. We want to be loved unconditionally, right? But in order for us to experience this kind of love, we must allow the people in our lives who we love to know the real us. If I wake up every morning playing the part, putting my best foot forward, the people in my life would never even meet the real me, let alone be able to love me. Not only would that “acting” not be fruitful, but it would be exhausting for me. I want to be loved by the people in my life in spite of my weaknesses.
It is the same with God. In God we can satisfy our innate need for that unconditional love, but we need to be willing to present ourselves before God in an honest, humble, and vulnerable state of mind. Sure, we can believe in God and we can pray, and we can go to church and we can give to charity… All of that is good. But all of that will not and cannot provide the same freedom we get to experience if we just say, “Lord, I am nothing without you. Make me something.”
It is painful to think about our shortcomings, our mistakes, our flaws, our wounds. Yet it is precisely because of these difficulties that we need God. What good is it, really, to ask for God’s love if we’re not going to allow that love to penetrate to the depths of ourselves, where we really need it?
So how do we ask for this love? How do we show God our vulnerable sides? Through prayer. Through reading the Bible. Through listening for the Holy Spirit’s voice. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” That doesn’t tell us to only pray for the big things, or for the things we’re not ashamed to ask for. It tells us to pray “in everything.” Just talk to God. Just open yourself up for a conversation. Part of that conversation can be found in the Bible. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to talk to us. But we have to read it, and think about it, with open hearts and eyes, with humility, with vulnerability. We have to admit that we need God’s side of the conversation before we’ll hear it.
Once we allow ourselves to need His love, we not only open ourselves up to more of God’s love, but we are able to love and appreciate God in a new way. Jesus Christ was the poster child for vulnerability. By allowing ourselves to be stripped of our egos and to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus, we can better understand and appreciate just how vulnerably He lived out his years on earth. Christ came to earth to serve, not to be served. He opened himself up to ridicule, disrespect, misunderstanding, and eventually a torturous death. Isn’t “turning the other cheek” the ultimate exercise in vulnerability?
So not only will vulnerability serve us well in our relationship with God, it will also allow us to understand and appreciate Christ even more. What He went through. The strength it must have taken for Him to be that weak. To hang on that cross when He could have called down thousands of angels. He allowed Himself to be vulnerable so that He could be an instrument of God’s will.
We too, can be instruments of God’s will. But first, we must admit that we need Him. We must acknowledge and surrender all those little things that make us who we are, that make us human, that make us weak. When we give those up, when we say, “I need you God,” the Holy Spirit fills us with a new, holy, divine strength, and that strength sets us free.
Robert Moment is an innovative forward-thinking “throw the box away” inspirational life coach, marketing expert, speaker and author of God Will Always Be There For You. Robert is passionate about empowering individuals on how to experience God’s love, peace, power and prosperity in their lives. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE online bible study titled, Christian Living. Follow me on Twitter www.twitter.com/ChristiansFaith.
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