Transparent for God’s Glory

Recently, I had a conversation with a woman about how much I love to journal. I said it was good to get things in writing as it often made the issue seem smaller when I could look at the words on paper.

Then I said something about how it was also important to share our struggles with others because it could be helpful for them.
Everyone needs to know they aren’t the only ones going through challenges. Tell Your Story

Then the woman said she felt that often it was better to stick with the journaling and not share your issues with others because it could be embarrassing for both you and your listener. Embarrassing?

As I’ve thought about this, I have to say I disagree. I keep thinking of that verse that talks about being a fool for Christ. In First Corinthians 4 Paul is talking about the way the apostles have been made a spectacle for God. He says they are fools for Christ while the Corinthians see themselves as wise and distinguished. The church was more concerned about their own reputation than they were about God’s.

It’s certainly easier to keep quiet and not draw attention to yourself, but when you do that, you miss the chance to give God glory. If you never share your struggles, then when you have a breakthrough, or God does something spectacular, it doesn’t get the attention it deserves because no one knew what was happening BEFORE God intervened. For God to Get the Glory

Preserving our reputation will always interfere with what God is doing. Being aware of how we represent Him as ambassadors of Christ is the reputation we should be concerned about.

 “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” – 1 Peter 4:14(ESV)

“We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored!”
1 Corinthians 4:10(ESV)