Monday, November 2, 2015

Naked



Well hello! What do you think about the title??? Wait. Wait. Wait! Before you go running around naked please keep reading.

I just love a good story, don't you? A promising beginning, a heart-stopping middle, and the unexpected end! One of my favorite stories starts a little something like this...

In the beginning:-)...Yes,  I'm talking about when God created the world and good ole Adam and Eve! Did you know that they walked around the Garden of Eden... naked-wait-what the what?? Yes, naked, baring all; unaware and unashamed because it was just the way God made them. Then one day a sneaky little serpent (insert the villain and evil music)  decided to place a seed of doubt into our vulnerable Eve's heart. He convinced her to to eat from THE forbidden tree (Genesis 3:4).  She then shared it with her boo (also known as Adam) and that's where things took a different turn!


You see God was very clear with His instructions. They could eat from ANY tree except for ONE (Genesis 2:16-17). I don't know about you, but this doesn't sound like a bad exchange. I imagine that there was no shortage of amazing trees with juicy (organic/non GMO) fruit! Some would ask, why even have the tree there at all? Right? Well, our amazing God is a God of choice. You can either obey or not. The choice is always ours to make. So Adam and Eve made a choice and decided to disobey God. This is known to some as the original sin.

I'd like to spend a little time with what happens immediately after they eat the apple. The Bible says that after eating the fruit "At that moment their eyes were opened and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness..." (Genesis 3:7 NLT). Prior to eating the apple it is specifically noted that both Adam and Eve were naked "but they felt no shame." (Genesis 2:25).

God allowed them to be naked without shame! How symbolic is that? Think about the word naked. It is defined in several ways:

  • Being without clothing or covering, nude, without adequate clothing (yup we got that definition)
  • bare stripped or destitute 
  • exposed, defenseless, unprotected
  • plain/simple
God made their life very simple, everything that they could possibly want was in that garden. They felt no need to hide their bodies (their lives) from their Lord. God provided everything they needed- this was truly the land of gumdrops and lollipops. Everything they did was exposed to the Lord. This is just how God would like us to be with Him today; baring all to Him. But as we learn, being naked also has the power to make one feel unprotected, and this is how the serpent made its way in. 


We don't know how it feels to walk around this earth "completely naked" because sin was already introduced to this world when we were born (thanks to the disobedience of Adam and Eve). Most of us spend our life hiding from God. When we hear His voice, we run behind the trees. We hide as if He is the one we should be running from. God is saying to us "I see you!" Our God is so merciful that He will give us the opportunity to tell Him where we are and what we did wrong, just as He did with Adam and Eve. He didn't need them to announce their whereabouts or what they did. He already knew, but He wanted them to engage and communicate with Him. When I think about hiding from God, it makes me chuckle that we believe that God won't see certain things. We try to hide our sin from others, but also from God. We hide in fear of what others may think. Just as Adam and Even hid in fear of what God would say or think.

We are accountable for all that God sees (which is everything). Even things that are deep inside our heart or just random thoughts. He knows us so well that He is able to find those things that we hide deep within. We CAN'T hide from Him, so why do we try?

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable (Hebrews 4:13, NLT)

Why do we allow the shame of our actions to keep us away from the one that can heal us and forgive us of ALL of our shortcomings. We are still hiding behind the bush as Adam and Eve did oh so long ago. We should find comfort in our nakedness. God already has a plan to deal with all those things that we tend to be ashamed of. God is ready to forgive us (when we truly repent) and wipe the slate clean with our confession that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Be Naked in front of the Lord and ask Him to point out anything that is not pleasing to Him. After all He is the one we have to answer to.



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