What would you do if no one had any idea who you were and there was no chance of them finding out?
I’ve always been told that this would be the test of who you really are and what you really want. It used to be that we grew up in the same town we worked in, went to church in, and married in. Everyone you ran into knew who you were. We complained about the nosiness and control. However, it did make it a lot easier to behave. Now we can go online and pretend to be anyone. We can watch inappropriate things in our own basements. We shop and no one knows who we are. We travel far from home and are even more anonymous.
When the Lord gives a command in the New Testament, it is always in the plural. He says,”y’all” you and your supports, you and your accountability, do the following.
We go to church and are too proud to pray or read the Bible out loud for fear someone might judge the quality of our performance. We strain at a gnat and swallow a camel, because we really should be sharing our deeper struggles and being real with each other:and not fussing with what they think of our praying.
I know it is scary to be real because fellow Christians do judge. I was sharing with some folks at church, who were too shy to pray, that I was far shyer than they. (It is true, but God has helped me not act in the inner shyness and fear that I still feel) Instead of being encouraged to let God help them with their shyness, they concluded that I was flat out lying or just being sarcastic. I’m going to share anyways because what they think of me is irrelevant. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12:15 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
So as you go through this week, consider asking for accountability and letting someone know a little of your “heart” the inner you that God is so desirous of knowing and healing, the part of you he loves the most.