The word vulnerability genuinely twists my stomach. Even the thought of allowing the world to see me at less than my best, my most put-together, my most competent makes a knot of anxiety tighten inside me.
Jesus in the gospels is the epitome of vulnerability—from a human baby in the wilderness to a broken man on a cross. His total acceptance of his human form and his reliance on God for guidance—Jesus’ example teaches us how to be vulnerable and how to rely on God for the strength we don’t have ourselves.
Jesus offers us a chance to be vulnerable. To be authentic. To be ourselves—our ugly, flawed, broken selves—and still be safe and loved and protected. He teaches us to have faith in the strength and certainty of God without taking on the burden of impossible imitation. God, through Jesus, extends grace so that we can be what we are—less than perfect and no less loved.
This message is an excerpt from “Weak Spots” by Abby Accettura in the November 2016 issue of Gather magazine.