Transparency

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Transparency

By James E. Campbell

 

One of the biggest areas that I believe the church struggles is in the area of authenticity. Our tendency is to hide behind clichés and church-speak to put on a good front. We paint the outside of the house while the inside may be in shambles just to keep up a good appearance.

We become those white-washed tombs that God’s word speaks of-appearing beautiful on the outside but full of dead men’s bones. The problem with this is three-fold.

First, man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. It is not as though an all-knowing God is fooled by our façade of having it all together.

Second, our God is a God who is Truth. When we are fake we are living a lie. Satan is the father of lies.

When we live lives that are full of pretense and false appearances we are acting much more like Satan than Jesus. Satan is not to be our example.

Third, when we pretend everything is ok when it isn’t, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to be ministered to and healed. God says we have not because we do not ask. We have to admit we have a need to ask to have it met. Likewise, we are commanded to bear one another’s burdens. Our brothers and sisters in Christ cannot bear our burdens if we never admit we have any.

This past week Pat Badstibner of World Prayr preached God’s word at Connection Fellowship in South Carolina. He spoke from Galatians 6:1-5. The heart of the message was transparency.

Recently I looked up the word transparency and found that it literally means “allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen”. That image from the sermon caught my heart’s attention! When we are transparent, we allow God’s light to pass right through us to illuminate a darkened world!

As is often the case in my life, when God stirs my heart He does so in the form of poetry and lyrics. Pat’s message set me to writing. What resulted are the words below. They are becoming a recurrent prayer and praise in my life. It is my sincere hope that they will be an encouragement to all who read it.  To seek to be more authentic, real, and honest in Christ. In doing so our outward and inward man will begin to be more consistent, our God of truth will be honored, and we can begin the work of binding up one another’s wounds and bearing one another’s burdens.

Transparent

There are cracks in my heart

And dirt on my soul

That can make Your light hard to see.

 I’ve been torn apart,

 But You can make me whole.

 Lord let Your holy light shine through me.

 Please heal me in the broken places.

 Lord wash me and make my heart clean.

 You alone can fill my empty spaces

 And make my stained heart pristine.

 Let the radiance of Your brilliance

 Shine unhindered in my life.

 Illuminate all the broken places

 With the wonder of Your living light.

 Please make my broken pieces new

 And make me transparent in You.

 It’s not about me at all.

 My glory isn’t the goal

 Or the reason for Your grace.

 Your glory is all

 The reason I’m made whole,

 To point a darkened world to Your face.

 Transparent things let the light pass through.

 Without dimming or distorting the light.

 Jesus make my heart and soul new

 So Your love and grace will shine more bright.

 Lord make my broken places new

 And make me transparent in You.

 Please heal me in the broken places.

Lord wash me and make my heart clean.

 You alone can fill my empty spaces

 And make my stained heart pristine.

 Let the radiance of Your brilliance

 Shine unhindered in my life.

 Illuminate all the broken places

 With the wonder of Your living light.

 Please make my broken pieces new

 And make me transparent in You.

James E. Campbell

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I am a sinner saved by the grace of an amazing Savior! Nothing that follows would have been possible without His love intervening in my life. I have a beautiful wife, daughter and son. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with children, teens and families for about eighteen years. I currently manage a residential substance abuse treatment facility for adolescent males.

Since failing ninth grade in my BC years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to earn a bachelors in Psychology, a masters in Leadership and Management, am pursuing a second masters in counseling, and am currently certified as an addictions counselor II.

I enjoy teaching as an adjunct professor at a local college. Just over a year ago God opened the door for me to start a non-profit called Family Excellence, Inc. and an LLC called Family Excellence Institute. Both emphasize dreaming greater dreams for the future, strengthening families, and connecting generations through a legacy of faith.

Please check out the non-profit at www.familyexcellence.net and the LLC on Facebook at Family Excellence Institute, LLC.

James also serves with Connection Fellowship www.connectionfellowship.org

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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  1. very good – I was blessed by this message! 

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