This has been a very difficult subject throughout my life. I’ve been in positions where I’ve felt like I was stuck in my walk with Christ. I felt like it was going nowhere even though I thought I was doing well.
Here’s the deal. Growing up going to church, a Christian school, and youth group I would hear sermons taught all the time. Many times dealing with problems I was having in my life. Big, little, or really big. But what happened is that I was complacent. I was fine where I was and I didn’t want to change. I thought “maybe later” and I thought that for at least three years. Hearing a convicting message eventually became the norm… and I became calloused to them.
The dictionary definition of calloused is “made hard, or hardened”. My skin didn’t literally harden to stop conviction from entering, but my heart did. I ignored almost all of the conviction that came my way.
“But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.” -Romans 2:29
Paul here is talking to the Pharisees about how they have hardened their hearts in deciding only to follow their own messed up laws. He says that it is the circumcision of the heart that matters. To remove the foreskin of their hearts and be sensitive to what Christ has done for them and the world.
God showed me how I had hardened my heart to Him for so long. I became vulnerable, I opened my heart and confessed to God. He took the weight of my sin from me.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” -James 5:16
The Bible tells us to not only be vulnerable and confess to God, but to each other. We are told to confess and repent that we may be healed. Confessing to someone you trust is important because they can help you carry the burden. They will pray with you and for you. But there is danger in this as well. We should be careful to trust those we confess to as well as be sure you do not have similar struggles that will turn it from an “I’ll help you
walk through this.” to a “Let’s throw ourselves a pity party because we’re both sinners!”.
Be vulnerable and accountable guys, soften your hearts to God and to each other. Listen to and obey Him when He convicts you. Because that weight He took from me and from you He put on His own shoulders on the cross to die with Him.
This life is rough. No matter how hard you try you will always get a little dirt on your feet as you walk through this life. Thankfully I know a God who stooped low enough to wash dirty feet.