Today’s Opportunity to Grow Toward Christ-Transparency
JOHN SHIRK – Transparency is defined by openness, frankness, and candor. There are no hidden agendas in a transparent person. They don’t wear masks, or use deception. Transparency gives others a window into our joys, sorrows, concerns, and shortcomings. Yes, there is risk, and yes, transparency is a vulnerable place to be.
Transparency is also a place of spiritual breakthroughs. This happens in a supportive atmosphere. James 5:16 says, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
Leadership sets the tone for transparency to thrive. The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonian church, “You know we never used flattery, nor did we put up a mask to cover up greed-God is our witness.” He also said, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
Transparency is a character quality that enables us to represent Jesus in the world today.