Turning Rejection Into Something Good
I don't know about you, but I don't like to get hurt. Whether that be physically or emotionally, getting hurt and dealing with wounds is really not fun. It makes you feel so vulnerable and exposed.
For me, growing up as a prophetic child certainly didn't help. Rejection was my middle name everywhere I went. In fact, I think I may as well have made it my first name.
Thank the Lord Jesus that it didn't stay that way though. The Lord Jesus found me, picked me up and made sure that those wounds got taken care of.
However, the bigger deal weren't the wounds the Lord had to clean up in my heart, but the walls I had built around my heart as a result of getting hurt. Does that sound familiar?
I am not sure if it is just a human nature thing, but to me the worst thing was to stand naked and exposed with no answers and no way of escape!
The Walls Have to Come Down
So I built my life, my ministry and my entire call behind a whole bunch of walls. There is just one big problem with that - the one who is the reason that you live, the one who called you and loves you unendingly... He is not in that picture!
When you strive to make sure that you are protected and guard your heart, you are really doing this in your own strength. When you do that you trust your flesh more than you trust the power of the Lord Jesus.
The Scriptures say that He delights in your weakness because then He can be strong. It says that His foolishness is wiser than the world's wisdom and that His weakness is stronger than our strength. His ways are so much bigger than yours.
Why is it then that you constantly rely on your own strength and your own wisdom more than you rely on the Lord's, if He spells out so very clearly in His Word that His ways are so much better?
It is because when you are vulnerable, things aren't comfortable. You like comfort. You take comfort in what you know and do not like to step out on a limb so to speak.
Vulnerability is God's Way
Vulnerability however, is God's way. Just consider the following passage of scripture:
Matthew 5: 39 - 42 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
That is God's way. The Lord is telling you here, "Look, if you get hurt, then do not pull back and hide behind your walls. When you get hurt, you keep your heart wide open and even ask for more. You turn your other cheek giving this hurt the opportunity to strike yet again."
Didn't the Lord do that very thing when He got crucified? More than anyone He would surely have had the power to strike all of those opponents down and give them a piece of His mind.
However, He chose to stand in complete vulnerability and took each hit. Why – because that is the way of love. That is the way the enemy cannot understand and that is the way to total freedom!
As a result of His vulnerability, you and I are standing where we stand today. As a result of His willingness to remain open-hearted and not hide behind a wall, you and I have access to the Throne Room every single day of our lives.
There is Power in Being Vulnerable
As a result of it we have the same spirit that rose Christ from the dead inside of us. However, you will not come to experience that resurrection power unless you are first willing to stand in the same vulnerability Christ stood in.
It is this power that the world doesn't understand and it is this love that sets us apart. I love how Matthew Chapter 5 concludes. It brings this whole topic to a perfect close and shows the power of vulnerability and why it is so important for us as believers to stand in it.
Matthew 5: 45 - 48 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Vulnerability shows maturity. Vulnerability proves that we are not of this world, but that we are children of the most high God.
A child runs and hides when it is hurt and scared – yet when maturity has come you should no longer run and hide, but you should take yet another hit, trusting that God's power and love is greater than what you are facing right now.
He has a way of escape for you. He has such great things in store for you, but are you willing to stand vulnerable?
I know when I was faced with this choice it felt scary. Looking at it from the perspective of how Matthew shared it in this chapter though, I must admit, I want to be vulnerable.
It is what sets us apart as believers. It is what clothes us in His power. It is what gives us the upper hand over the enemy and his dirty little tricks.
The Key for the New Move to Begin
If you want to see the Church as a city set on a hill, you must be prepared to stand in vulnerability. The Lord delights in covering you. The Lord delights in a vulnerable bride that knows that nothing she could ever do will make her better and more pleasing but that the groom's desire to protect her and to love her is sufficient.
So which path are you going to choose? Are you going to be vulnerable and allow the Lord to cover you with His strength even when you stand totally naked and even bruised? Will you take that step of faith and trust that if the son of God could stand in this vulnerability and as a result the greatest power of all delivered all of us, you surely will experience miracles when you stand exposed?
The power of God is real. His love is the greatest force this world has ever seen. If you want to see change not only in your own circumstances but in the lives of those around you, choose the way of vulnerability!
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