I’ve had several of those days friends and I had designated to catch up, and fill each other in on all that our lives encompassed since last seeing each other. The conversations usually go well. We exchange stories that make us smile and frown. Stories that dishearten us and ones that give us great joy. Sometimes, we enjoy the company so much, we lose track of time.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:13-22
This is why we can go boldly to the Father with confidence that our Father hears the intercessory prayers of Jesus, and therefore hears the sincerity of our hearts’ prayers.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Transparency isn’t meant to tell all your business. Without bringing your concerns to the Lord, pretty soon, transparency will become nothing more than searching for validation from humans. What a dangerous place to find our identities! Transparency isn’t for you and I. We aren’t transparent to gain approval and favor with men and women. With anything we share about our lives, whether it be to share with a believer or non-believer, it has a Spirit-led purpose. Keyword? Spirit-led.