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 I really am and what I 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 control and lack of privacy. Now we can be invisible and often this allows our freedom to sin and blocks others from judging us but not from God knowing.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.
God does not want me to be anonymous. When the Lord gives a command in the New Testament, it is always in the plural. He says,”y’all do the following.” (me and my supports, me and my accountability),
We go to church and are too proud to pray or read the Bible out loud because we don’t want them to know how well we do or do not perform, when we really should be sharing much deeper struggles than our ability to read or our aches and pains. Besides, others should not be surprised or judgmental about how messed up we are, since they should be examining themselves and realize that, for themselves,”this is a faithful saying that everyone should accept, that I am the worst sinner ever!”.
I know it is scary to quit being invisible and be real because some fellow Christians do judge, but how will you find the real support if you take no risk. 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 being real 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.