“There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.” – Brennan Manning
Transparency at a deeper level isn’t easy – maybe especially as a believer. Perhaps we feel deep down as if admitting our struggles means admitting that Jesus somehow isn’t enough. But then, I suppose it wouldn’t be easy. This article on Relevant Magazine by Zac Northen put it well:
“We cannot follow Christ faithfully unless we are following Him into the world’s pain, tension and aching complexity. We must remember we follow a King who enters a broken world, then willingly chooses the Cross (John 10.17-18). And for us, this means tension is a normal and comfort may be concerning. Living in the hard places of life exposes one’s faith and character, and can allow it to deepen or cause it to die away.”
I feel that tension daily of honest assessment and acknowledging life in a broken, complex world. Yet instead of one or the other, I think I’d like to leave it at something else Manning said: “Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.” And in that final and simple assessment, find honest transparency where I do believe Christ is faithful.