I've learned, once again a repetitive lesson, that in order to reach others, one's heart needs to be revealed.
How is it possible to reveal one's heart?
Honest with where you've been, what you've done, and what things still come across your heart and mind.
This approach cannot be unleashed at random or at once... but can be navigated as a conversation and / or relationship grows.
This depends on how deep my new or old friends are willing to go in any given conversation.
It depends on the level of depth I can share my past trespasses, my past shortcomings, and those thorns which are still pervasive.
This aim is to relate, to objectify our shared humanity.
It is when one is willing to open up with what may be possibly used against us in the future that another heart may be reached and touched.
Yet not every heart will respond to a heartfelt message, and this too is also a lesson waiting to be learned.
Interpretation has a lot to do with how each of us understands the Gospel's message.
Although the message has not changed, the place where the individual is in their life does ( hopefully ) change.
Like the pealing back of an onion, so does the Word of God peal back our heart, to expose what He intends to expose, and at a proper time, so we are not overwhelmed or left hopeless.
We can be used as an instrument in forwarding the message; a living sacrifice, a living stone, an example of His redemption.
And we do this not to boast in any supposed strength we may now have, but to express His strength in our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
This is one way to attach a living example of His Word coming to life in our being.
Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.
- 1 Corinthians 4: 8-13