When it comes to vulnerability, it is an area that a lot of us as Christians try to avoid. From when we were little, we have been taught to come to Church with our best Sunday outfit. Even if this is metaphorically speaking, this can mean to hide all your pain and cover them with fine clothes so that no one else will see it. Come as your best self and keep all the pain you feel back at home. This should not be seen in the church; it can’t even be seen. As a young child in the church, I could almost relate to Church as where I saw Jesus which means that I should always come to meet Jesus in my best outfit, never come as I am, never come the way I feel. Always come to Jesus with my Sunday Outfit.
This mindset has grown with so many of us that as we grew in faith, we have seen vulnerability as something that is not accepted. You only want to come to Jesus when the conditions are right. You think Jesus does not want you to speak with him sad, angry, or disappointed. We fear vulnerability because we think it makes us weak, we think we can only strive best when we have the strength, but the bible says in Psalm 34:19 that if your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there, if you are kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. Do not feel ashamed to come to God in your brokenness.
Do not be afraid. God does some of His best work when we are vulnerable, when we allow God the see the things, we do not want other people to see when we allow God to work through us! Did you know that God often brings us to a place of helplessness because He wants us to let go and let God? He wants to be our hero who comes in and saves the day. All we must do is let Him do what He does so well. Yet, that scenario is difficult for many of us. That is why many people do not get to witness the impossible comebacks God has to offer. His plan seems too easy or too unusual to trust, so we hold on to the issue with our own hands.
Avoiding physical pain is a good thing; avoiding emotional pain is not. Jesus said, “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). And He wasn’t kidding. This wasn’t just a metaphor for Jesus, because He ended up dragging His cross to His own crucifixion. Jesus taught a lot about joy and love, but He never taught His followers to avoid pain. Quite the opposite, it was central to Jesus’s teachings that facing suffering well is a crucial element in developing a mature character and that our vulnerability to suffering is not only not a bad thing but is the best path to finding a clear picture of who God really is. To Jesus, vulnerability was certainly not a weakness but was actually a sign of spiritual strength
Do not approach God the same way you approach people. Do you think God only needs you on your Sunday best? He wants you in your Sunday worst as well. He knows you are human, and his power can help you heal the pain, can help you overcome the situation.
Philippians 3:12-14 puts it perfectly for me - I am not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends do not get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I have got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.