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by Sheri Burns

Being transparent means being able to show everything in your life from the inside out.

It is hard to be transparent. No one likes to show a side that would indicate any irresponsibility or failure. No one wants others to know about their embarrassments, or their inconsistencies. Being transparent can prove that we are not who we seem to be, or bear witness to the fact that we aren't as good at something as we thought we were.

Sometimes being transparent is just letting others see your vulnerable self. It is letting others see you cry, moan, weep or gnash your teeth. It is letting others in on your heartbreak, your hurt, and your sensitive areas. It is coming off the pedestal and standing down in the midst of the crowd.

It is being Jesus, and being hung to die on a cross for all the world to see.

Fresh Encounters

by David L. Burns

"When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said:
'Do not be afraid. I AM the First and the Last. I AM the Living One; I was dead, and behold I AM alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades'"
(Revelation 1:17-18).

When John encountered Jesus on the island of Patmos, he fell at His feet. That was humility. Whenever I have a fresh encounter with Jesus (restored again to Him because I was out of fellowship), I am humbled. When I realize who He is and who I am, I am so humbled. He is so awesome! God has a way of touching, healing and strengthening me through my humble worship.

I think John's encounter with Jesus can be a model for us: First, John was obedient to God (Revelation 1:9), and was on the island of Patmos because of that obedience. Secondly, he turned around. Isn't that significant? How many times do we go our way, pursuing all the busy things, and never taking time to turn and see Jesus? It is only by looking to Jesus that we really see Him. Thirdly, when John encountered Jesus on the island of Patmos, he fell at His feet in humility.

When was the last time you had such a wonderful time worshipping God? When has His presence driven you to your knees or to His feet in humility? Be obedient to God. Turn to Him and humble yourself. That is true worship.


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