Monday, September 14, 2009

DAY 26 - Since When Are You Not Transparent?

Today’s Reading: Matthew 5

(Please read Matthew 5: 1 – 48 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog.)

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew5: 8

John Stott says in his Sermon on Mount Bible study that “pure in heart” means to be transparent before God and His people. It would be good to add in what I have heard from Jesus on my Day 1 as the meaning of “see” in this verse:

7. Optano(You will see greater things than these, John 1: 50, 51) – To allows one’s self to be. Matthew 5: 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

What does it mean by allow one’s self to be seen?

Lots of time we put on masks preventing people to see us. Or, more critical we even put on masks thinking that people can’t see us and even God can’t see us. That is not how a transparent person is called to be.

Jesus led me to find these verses as an inspiration for us to meditate on the simplicity of being transparent:

To have a Father
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18: 3

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19: 14

Jesus told me today that to be transparent is a “relational” term. It happens in a family, between the trustful relationship of a father and a son. Only in that relationship or similar close relationship can we be really transparent.

To have a family of brothers and sisters
I don’t need to hide anything to my sister Ada and my brother Dennis. Though quite a number of families even Christian family have so many things to hide: feelings, anger, distrust, worries, misunderstanding, control…
We need to have the courage to open up ourselves to be transparent. Some people say that they have tried but were deeply hurt so they won’t try again. They don’t want to enter into any relationship, don’t want to be transparent again. Is that God’s will?

If you are able to be transparent before God, you would enjoy worshiping the Lord. And you can easily be in great joy, joy with tears, joy that you even want to dance, to shout out loudly to praise Jesus. You would love to have your daily devotion and to be closer and closer to Him day after day.

If you are able to be transparent before His people, then you would put down your masks and start showing your true self to others. By this transparency His Kingdom will be extended as we experience the power of a Church family under the Lordship of Jesus.

So, what is your choice? To ask the Holy Spirit helping you to become more and more transparent or to hide yourself in your own world, thinking that you can hide from Jesus?

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help me to be more and more transparent before you and other people to build up a transparent relationship in your Kingdom work. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

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