Do the words “vulnerable” or “vulnerability” have a negative connotation for you? Many people think being vulnerable or showing your vulnerability is something that should be avoided. Now I’m not suggesting you tell anyone and everyone all of your problems. But at CCWA, we’ve seen the power being vulnerable has to bringing growth and change in not only our lives and vision, but in the lives of our clients who are living their vision.
Here are 3 ways showing vulnerability helps you live your vision and challenge your status quo:
- Vulnerability empowers you to serve God’s people.
When my dad was senior pastor at a large church in Michigan, he got vulnerable with his congregation. In one of his sermons, he told the members that his son (my brother) was gay. My mom did NOT want him to talk about it, because she was fearful of the people’s reaction. She worried that her family would be judged, condemned, and/or treated differently.
But dad went ahead with his sermon, and put himself in a very vulnerable situation by “coming out” about his gay son to the church. He said it was one of his most powerful sermons, because he was able to minister to members of the church who also had a gay family member. There were people silently struggling, but they now felt safe to be open to talk to him about their gay family member.
He even ministered to a local police officer (who wasn’t a member of the church, but heard about the sermon from a friend) to spiritually deal with and accept his gay son.
2 Corinthians 1:4 (MSG) God comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
Bottom line: There are people waiting to be served by your personal pain, struggles, and suffering. They need to come alongside you, and it starts when you become vulnerable.
- Vulnerability with God is vital if you want to experience the fullness of being in relationship with Him.
Any relationship requires truth, but often times Christians are scared to be honest with God about what they’re unhappy about or about what they want for their life.
Sometimes admitting your dissatisfactions to God in your prayers and conversations with Him is the first step to challenging your status quo. Many of us endure a lot more pain and suffering than is necessary.
Luke 11:10 (MSG) “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in.”
Bottom line: God can give you the strength to tolerate your pain, or He can help you to change your circumstances. What will you truthfully ask Him for?
- Vulnerability can put you on the fast track for growth and life transformation.
Pride can get us into a lot of trouble, and it can totally hinder you from living your vision. You can’t live your vision, achieve your dreams, accomplish those big goals or change your circumstances all by yourself! You’re going to need help and support. But that means you have to admit you need help, or admit that you don’t know exactly what do to.
Proverbs 28:26 (MSG) “If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”
Bottom line: Don’t be a “know-it-all!” Ask for help and use the resources (the people) God puts in your path to help you live your vision!
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This article was written by Katie Black of Contemporary Christian Worldwide Academy (CCWA). Katie is passionate about helping Christians who are ready to challenge their status quo, teach them how to use their faith to create a personal life vision, develop the critical faith- mindset needed to pursue that vision AND craft their “make my dreams happen” roadmap. Her Live Your Vision™ system integrates biblical principles into an organized and structured process, complete with tools and strategies to help Christians stop settling in life and experience the abundant life God intends for them. To download your Free Vision Creation Kit, go to: www.WeAreCCWA.com.