Happy New Years to you all! This last Sunday at Lakeview Community Church we began a new series on Biblical Transparency. We know as we look at Websters definition of transparency, transparency has the idea of being able to ‘see through’. Some synonyms of this word are words such as clearness, translucency, and clarity.
I believe God is calling each one of us as his disciples to a life that is transparent. In this call to transparency I believe we are to be a people where the focus is not on us, but on Jesus. I believe we are to ‘learn’ (He has already given us what we need – 2 Cor. 5:17) to walk in such a manner with Jesus that when the world sees us, they see through us, directly to the one we love, serve, and owe our eternity to… Jesus.
This is something that will not happen in our own power or possibly even in our lifetime. It is something that we are not born with, nor is it natural or common to man. This is not a call to be ‘better’ or to become ‘more’ of a ‘Christian.’
Understand with me that the kind of transparency I believe God is calling us to a transparency that is accomplished in our relationship with Jesus; it is supernatural. In Him alone, we have our identity. In Him alone, we find our blessings. (forgiveness of sin, power for everyday life, eternity, etc.) In Him alone we have a supernatural purpose that is eternal and bigger than ourselves.
This is why transparency is essential in the life of a believer. This is why I began our new series at Lakeview with a vision portion. God isn’t calling us to be a people who ‘spill’ every little detail of their lives. He isn’t calling us to ‘lay’ ourselves out open in front of everyone, bare for all to see. He is however, calling us to a transformed life in the power of His Holy Spirit that shows forth the glory, splendor, honor and power of His life inside of you. So that when others come in contact with you, they only see Jesus. He gets the credit, not you.
My prayer for each one of you comes from the epistle to the Philippians as the apostle Paul wrote it, “ For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.  And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,  so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. ( Phil. 1:8-11 ESV)
I look forwards to the year ahead as we together learn what it means to become in Jesus, transparent. I challenge you to imagine with me what God could do with a people who become so ‘in tune’ with Him that they can’t help but to echo the love, words and the deeds of the very one they live for – Jesus.