An Open Life

Have you ever wondered about God? I mean, have you ever wondered about the awesome-ness of God? To make it super clear, let me state that I am not talking about the cosmos and its amazing treasures. Actually, God does not boast so much in those things. He boasts in something far less spectacular.

Have you ever thought about how God exposes Himself? In the Bible, God has bared His entire heart. There is nothing about Him that He has hidden from us. He has made known to us all that He is. The reason for this is because God has nothing to hide. He is love.

It is we who hide. We love keeping ourselves private. If there is anything that we value above everything else, it is our privacy. Each one of us have their own private ‘chambers’ which we fiercely defend from being intruded into. Some we ‘protect’ using passwords, others (like our bedrooms) we use keys, etc. Why do we love all this secrecy and privacy?

We do all this on account of trying to become strong. We want to defend and maintain our identities. But what identities are we defending?

The Bible talks of

“the old man with his deeds” (Col. 3:9)

Unbeknown to us, that is who we are maintaining in defending our rights, territories and identities. But the Bible says to put them off. Holding on to them is the complete opposite of whom God is. God says His ways are not our ways. What does that mean?

It means that God is absolutely different from us. If, therefore we say, “strong” God says “weak”. That is what it means to be different.

The heavenly life is lived differently from our own little selfish world down here. Two scriptures come to mind in this regard. The first one is that which describes the life of the Apostle Paul.

“9 Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me… for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

The second scripture talks of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the eath of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” (Phil. 2:5-9)

In his human form, our Lord Jesus Christ became weak. He did not seek to be strong.

I believe Jesus did not have any secret thing which He kept away from His disciples. He had nothing to hide.

The Apostle Paul followed suit. He writes to the Corinthians,

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” (2 Cor.3:2)

There is nothing to hide with the gospel. If we have fallen short somewhere, all we need to do is to repent.

Weakness for the gospel’s sake is our strength. Let us learn to expose our lives, that they may be shredded apart to the end that

“those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” (Heb. 12:27)

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