Lance’s story is one of the most well-known of our time. Much of it was shrouded in lies.
Let’s be honest, like really honest: most of us hide stuff in our lives. We hide things from our spouses, we hide things from our kids, we hide things from our boss, we hide things from our pastors, we hide things from our friends. Why is that?
As we launch this series of what Jesus would say to you and me, the underlying theme is that we have an opportunity to create a culture in our church of honesty and transparency. If you are like me and most people, that will scare you to death. But what I’ve found is freedom as a result of living in a culture like that.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
You know the weightiest thing you can carry is your hidden sins. That stuff begins to weigh you down. You have to keep telling lies to keep it secret. You cover yourself up. You hedge your bets. It’s tiring and weighty. It’s time to come clean. I’m not suggesting we get up in front of everyone and tell it all, nor am I recommending you go on Oprah (that didn’t go so well for Lance). What I am encouraging you to do is 1) come clean with yourself first – admit you’re hiding stuff; 2) come clean with God – he already knows but you need to confess it; 3) come clean with one other trusted person. I know this won’t be easy, it won’t be easy for me either. But if we can create a community where we don’t judge people who confess, but instead wrap our arms around them in love and tell them, “you are accepted by God and by us”, it will change everything.
Let’s go for it. Let’s find rest for our souls.