Better Than I Deserve
2/21/13 at 06:41 PM 0 Comments

The Transparent Christian

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Jack Wellman, 2013
My closer-than-a-brother friend, Jerry Wood. What makes us close like David and Jonathan is that he is so quick to admit his faults and reveal his past mistakes and that he is totally transparent which makes me desire to tell him everything about me...including all my past baggage.

God is able to see into the human heart and nothing is hidden from Him as it says in Hebrews 4:13, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Indeed, “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Matt 10:26). Jesus declared, “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open” (Mark 4:22). Since we know this, and we understand that we can not look into the human heart, why not be as transparent as possible with one another, including those who are not Christians?

Here are the benefits of transparency to believers and to non-believers. James wrote that we should “confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). Paul even admitted that “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst” (1 Tim 1:15). If Paul declared that he was the worst of all sinners, then how can we not also do the same? In fact, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8, 10). I would not want to be making God out to be a liar, therefore as I have many times, I publicly admit that I am a sinner and tell the congregation and to those to whom I witness to, that I am a sinner and that I have done some very terrible things in my life.

Letting down our guard can be an effective witnessing tool. It allows people who think that they might never be saved because they believe that they have too much baggage, that there is hope in even the worst of sinners. I consider myself a prime example. I was a former drug addict, a drug dealer and a thief that ended up in prison. The irony is that when I admit this it opens the door for others to confess their own faults and sins. Confession of the soul is good and it is like a breath of fresh air to those who believe that they can never be good enough to be saved. That’s why it’s called the “good news.” Jesus came to die for our sins so that we might be seen as and declared righteous. Second Corinthians 5:21, one of my favorite memory verses says that, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

The next time you talk with a Christian or someone who has not yet trusted in Christ, tell them your story. Don’t hold anything back. Spill the beans. Tell them all that you have done and just how unworthy you were to be saved. This makes others open up as well and allows the person to see that nothing is done that can not be forgiven. There is no room for duplicity or hypocrisy in the Body of Christ. Be transparent. There is nothing like the truth and perhaps telling others the truth about yourself might just set them free.


Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believers daily walk with God and the Bible.

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