The Johari’s Window is a psychological model that offers us an opportunity to greater understand our inner selves and realize opportunities for growth and development. This model is made up of four areas – the open, blind, hidden and unknown. The open area represents the part of ourselves that everyone knows. We along with others know this part of our being (known by others; known by us). The blind area represents what others know about us that we do not know about ourselves (unknown to us; known by others). The hidden area represents that which we know of ourselves but others do not know about us (known by us; unknown to others). The unknown area represents the undiscovered self that neither others nor ourselves are aware of (unknown to us; unknown to others).
When David wrote, “Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; see for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong- then guide me on the road to eternal life.” (Psalm 139: 23, 24 MSG), he was referring to the windows of his soul. He was asking God to examine with a fine toothcomb every area of his life (open, blind, hidden, unknown) so that he could be changed.
David was aware that no matter how diligently he examined himself, there were areas in his life unknown to him and others that were evil. God alone knew those areas. David also knew the parts of his heart that were evil and the resolutions that he made to cleanse himself were feeble and powerless. He needed the Examiner to inspect his life and cleanse and strengthen him.
God alone knows the waywardness of our hearts. He knows that our souls are condos that house impurities. He isn’t impressed with the gloss we put on for others to see. He isn’t impressed with the calculated acts we take to cleanse and refine ourselves. The Lord sees us – He sees our spiritual weaknesses and our sinful natural tendencies. He is acquainted with the harmful things that constitute our souls. And He desires to give us a deep cleansing, even in the windows that we hide from others or are yet to uncover and discover.
Every day, through tests and trials and daily interactions with others, God reveals every window of our souls to us. Every day, he exposes every thought, purpose, plan, and motive of our hearts. Through grace He opens the eyes of our minds to see the true corrupt nature of our souls so that we can lie still on his surgical table, where He can remove everything that is unlike Him and goes against His divine law.
We must be like David, and surrender the windows of our souls to Christ.
Who knows what this MRI or examination would reveal? Maybe deep-rooted anger over disappointed expectations or neatly couched regret over relationships gone awry or perfectly lodged guilt and hurt guised as indifference? Maybe a tendency that is slowly leading us away from Christ and giving Satan a foothold in our lives? Whatever the Lord uncovers, through examination and revelations, is meant for us to surrender to Him to be covered by His grace.
I desire for God to deal with every window of my soul. I desire for His word to continue making plain the sin in my life so that I can look to Him, my Redeemer for a spiritual cleansing. I desire for Christ’s image to be stamped on every window of my soul….but first, I must surrender to Him.
Today, I encourage you to pause and ask God to expose, cleanse, refine and renew every window in your soul with His converting power. May we find the courage to make Psalm 139: 23, 24, the cry of our hearts.
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