This past weekend, we looked at the last of our three core values here at Bethany: Vulnerability. That when it comes to who we are and the values that guide us, this is one that we are committed to live by, along with Grace and Discipleship.
We explored how vulnerability is revealing who you really are to yourself, to God, and to another person.
And, this opening up and revealing ourselves is incredibly important, because it creates depth in relationships.
Without vulnerability, it is impossible to have true and deep relationships.
You can have acquaintances or shallow relationships without vulnerability, but you cannot have true relationships while remaining hidden.
Brené Brown puts it this way:
“Vulnerability is the core, the heart, and the centre of meaningful human experiences. What most of us fail to understand is that vulnerability is also the cradle of the emotions and experiences that we crave. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity.”
And, she is right. We were created for vulnerability. This is what we explored in and through the lens of Genesis 2-3. That we were originally created for vulnerability without shame, as shown through this verse:
“Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” (Genesis 2:25)
In the events that follow this verse, we saw how sin created shame, and allowed it to enter into our relationships. As soon as shame entered the world, Adam and Eve covered themselves and hid. And, we have been doing the same thing ever since.
We have been hiding who we are, and covering up our insecurities with indifference, accomplishments, intellect, or in a hundred other ways.
Lastly, the following verse shows how God acted to reconnect Adam and Eve:
“And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.” (Genesis 3:21)
God covered their shame and sin, so that they could regain vulnerability and connection.
From this, we landed on our main point: We were created for vulnerability, so we are committed to vulnerability.
We then challenged each other to actually practice being vulnerable with one another. And, to do that, we begin by opening up to God, so we can open up to others. That when we open up to God with all the areas we are hiding, covering up, avoiding or denying, then God can act and free us, so we can connect with others.
Therefore, this was our challenge: Be vulnerable with God and one other person this week.
Vulnerability is a gift that draws relationships deeper, so practice it with someone you trust today.