I think that it could mean a number of things, but I was particularly struck by 1 John 1 today. I feel that I'm in a season of great spiritual growth. After leading the Bible study of 1 Peter, I was feeling a little spiritually depleted, as if I neeedd to take some time for my own personal discoveries. I've done that, and I feel the Lord brewing His next Bible study plan for me. But, for now, I'm working through 1 John.
As I read to the end of the chapter, I drew a few of my own conclusions.
1 John 1:5- 7 says, "This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin."
In other words, fellowship comes from living in the light. It comes from being transparent with both God and man.
I'm going to be honest in my post today. I always am, but this might sting some readers.
We are commanded in the Bible to be transparent in our lives, to showcase our need for God's grace. This is so far removed from how many in the church live. Somewhere along the way, people got the false idea that Christians had to appear perfect, without blemish.
But, I say to you, it is our distinct blemishes that give us the very need for God's grace.
So, why was this a big deal to me? Why did it impact me today? Well, I'm a perfectionist. Often, I want to appear as though I've got it all together, as if everything is running smoothly, and I've got it all under control.
But, the Bible calls me to be transparent, to showcase my weaknesses, so that I might live in fellowship with others. How many of us have ever formed a close connection with someone because of our perfection? It never happens. It's always our transparency, our need for others, our need for support that brings about these heart friends.
I was challenged today to give it up, to give up my illusion of perfection, so that others might be drawn to Jesus in me, not me.
This whole humility thing is hard work! But, I'm happy to do it if it makes Jesus bigger in my life.