Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Full Disclosure

My husband recently looked at a car being sold by a man in a near-by city. When we came to test-drive the car, the man started pointing out the dents and dings on the car, saying, “I’m giving full disclosure.”

Those words have since been playing over in my mind, because as I look at how God has grown me the most in the last year or so, it’s been in the area of “full disclosure.” When I’ve finally been submissive enough to tell God what he already knows, and let God know that I’m fully aware of it too and am ready to deal with it, it’s been such a relief. And it always seems as though my faith and servant life picks up after such honesty. It’s like God is waiting to take us to the next level, but he’s waiting for us to get to the place where we’re ready for the next level.

Harboring sin or rebellion will always stop us on the tracks. God will love us and continue to work on us while we’re stuck on those tracks, but if we’re harboring something that simply cannot be brought into His plan for our future, we’re not going to get where God wants us to. He needs our “full disclosure.”

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” 1 John 1:5-10

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