You Can’t Have Bold Faith Without Being Vulnerable

It’s scary being vulnerable isn’t’ it?  However, without vulnerability we can’t have a bold and courageous faith.


It’s scary being vulnerable isn’t’ it?  When we share something vulnerable with someone there is always that moment of angst wondering if the other person will laugh at you, ridicule you, or hopefully empathize with you.  However, without vulnerability we can’t have a bold and courageous faith.

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Biblical Examples of Vulnerability

Jesus and the Cross

Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (NIV)

We’ll start with an easy example of vulnerability which is found in Matthew 26 verse 39.  Here we see Jesus literally falling on his face crying out to God, our father, asking to not be put to death on the cross.  We can read and feel through this verse that Jesus was in distress and despair with his impending sufferings and death.  Jesus opened up to his father, with tears streaming down his check as he expressed his true feelings.

If Jesus would have been nonchalant about going to the cross would it make his sacrifice and death less courageous?  I would argue that the answer to that question is Yes!  The fact that we have a better idea of his true feelings (aka being vulnerable) going into those gruesome events makes his obedience and faith all the bolder and more courageous in my opinion.

Peter Stepping out of the Boat

Matthew 14:28-29 – 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (NIV)

Peter was an interesting guy.  He was the loudmouth of the disciples but yet he also got to do some incredible things.  One of those incredible things was the ability to walk on water.  As you can see in Matthew 14:28-29 above, Peter called out to Jesus and asked him a big question that could only be answered by Jesus himself, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

Peter risked his life by stepping out of that boat onto choppy and crashing waves.  His life was in a state of vulnerability, but he didn’t care because he knew it was Jesus on the water and Peter wanted to be with Him no matter the cost.

I think back to the times I’ve opened up and been vulnerable with others.  Jesus has used those conversations and moments to glorify Him.  However, there are a lot of instances I wasn’t vulnerable and I regret not acting on that prompting, but thankfully God’s grace is sufficient!

Question from Garrett Thompson, the author.

Who is someone you look up to that has displayed bold faith?

Written by Garrett Thompson

Joshua 1:9 - I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go. (CEV)

5 thoughts on “You Can’t Have Bold Faith Without Being Vulnerable

  1. A person whose vulnerable faith I look up to also has the gift of evangelism. He is not only vulnerable he has his priorities in line with God’s. He sees people as more important than what he is doing or where he is going. He stops for people like the Good Samaritan did (who was vulnerable) in Luke 10 to help the injured man by the side of the road. When I share personally with someone I often go away with a funny exposed feeling that leaves me uncomfortable. I also feel this way after publishing a post on my blog. I never had a word for this feeling but I do now. It is vulnerably. Thank you for your insightful post.

    1. Thanks for the comment Lena! I know the feeling you are talking about after putting yourself out there with a blog post. I’ll be praying that God comforts you during those times!

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