Thursday, February 18, 2016
Transparency--Good or Bad?
The psalmist, David, boldly petitioned the Lord to have free roam in his life in order to expose anything that should not exist in his life. He prayed, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" (Psalm 139:23-24) David cared most about God's view of him and he wanted to live in view of eternity and not for the moment. As you read through the book of Psalms, David is very transparent and it even appears that he lived his life like a yo-yo in his relationship with God. David repeatedly found his strength in the character and love of God and not in being someone else.
I'm afraid that too many times we are more concerned about our pride, how we look to others, and how others value us that we fail to understand that God ought to be our greatest concern. You see, transparency is not a sign of weakness but of character. It allows others to know that we are truly weak but yet we are made strong through the strength of Christ alone (2 Cor. 12:10). Transparency allows others to see us for who we truly are and it allows them to see us trust God on the journey. The goal of transparency is that God would be glorified as the Completer of our lives. It allows others to glorify God as they see Him at work in us.
Good behavior is indeed important--mom and dad were right. However, let's be careful not to portray ourselves as another person when we know that he or she does not exist. Others love broken people who are redeemed by God!