Have you ever known someone a little too well? So well, in fact, that you’re able to call them out on their B.S.? It’s a wonderful feeling when you’re the “caller-outer” but it’s not so fun when you’re the one being forced to be honest.
So what do you do when God is the one who’s calling you out?
I’ve written before about my consistent struggle with insecurity; this is something that I’ve always battled and likely will always have to fight against. Recently, God has been pressing in on this nerve in my life again; he always knows just the right thing to say! This whole week I’ve felt God speaking to me “You need to bet on yourself”, something that I feel completely uncomfortable doing. God knows each of us so well that we can’t hide anything from him, even if we’ve been successful at hiding weak spots from others and even ourselves. He wants us to draw even closer to him by bringing those weak spots into the light of his perfect love.
What’s your area of weakness? Where is God meddling in your life?
Mark 10:18-22 describes a rich young man who considered himself righteous. Jesus knew exactly what area to focus in on, but the man wasn’t willing to give that up to follow Jesus.
“Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”
He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”
Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”
The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.”
Jesus was saddened by this man’s actions; he loved the young man enough to make him uncomfortable, but when it came down to it, the rich young man just wouldn’t take a leap of faith. So what does it look like to let God go to those uncomfortable places in your life? John 4:1-30 describes Jesus’s encounter with a woman at the well. She had come there to draw water and he began a conversation with her, saying that he had living water he would freely give to her. They were having a nice conversation about water when Jesus zeroes on what he really wanted to talk about: her.
“Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
The woman answered him, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”
Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him.”
This woman was honest with God. When Jesus began to meddle in her life she let him, openly and honestly exposing those dark and shame-riddled places in her past. The most amazing thing to me is after her encounter she led her entire village to Jesus! She went back into the town and brought people to him. She pushed through the discomfort, she let Jesus expose and love her, and it led to other people meeting Jesus.
God wants to heal you so that you can point others to him. What if that discomfort you’re experiencing now would lead to someone coming to know God? Would that be worth it to you?
It’s my hope and prayer that God would give each of us the courage to submit to his process and come to him with those broken and hurting places in our lives. Then, as we walk through this journey of healing, we could then share our stories boldly with others, pointing people to the God who saves and loves them.