BY RON STOHLER, PASTOR OF ADULTS & DISCIPLESHIP
On a fishing boat in the 70’s classic thriller Jaws, Captain Quint and two of his buddies try to one up each other by revealing their scars and stories of previous shark attacks, while they await their imminent doom with the giant, man-eating great white. While I don’t recommend this movie, the scene demonstrates the vulnerability of these rugged, sea-faring men.
As disciplers, we need to roll up our sleeves and show ‘em our scars. They are likely not the result of shark attacks, but they may be just as painful – a divorce, loss of a loved one, or death of a dream.
Andy Crouch, author of Strong and Weak, builds a strong case that to be a flourishing leader, we must balance both authority and vulnerability. Crouch defines vulnerability as “exposure to meaningful risk.” He goes on to explain, “Vulnerable at its root means woundable – and any wound deeper than the most superficial scratch injures and limits not just our bodies but our very sense of self.” Jesus embodied authority and vulnerability by the very nature of his divinity and humanity:
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up His divine privileges; he took up the humble position as a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8, NLT).
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus revealed his scars, demonstrating both his authority and vulnerability.
Show ‘em your scars means taking a meaningful risk. Take the time while discipling to share your own scars and stories behind them. Share how God has healed you, or how He is still healing you. As a result, you will grow closer to your disciple and empower them to pass on what it means to be a truly flourishing disciple of Jesus Christ.