Do We Dare Stand Naked

Everyone of us have had a poser side.  A fig leaf that we’ve hid behind for fear of allowing the world to see all of the hidden junk we may have in our lives.  It may not seem like it on the surface, but we go through motions each day putting on that facade that everything in our world is okay.  Sunday mornings at church can often times be poser city, when everyone puts on that happy face for those couple of hours before getting back to life as normal.  They may have troubles at home or doubts about life, but they don’t let that out.  In our jobs, we often hide.  Just take a ride on the elevator.  What do most people do, including me?  We stare at the floor counter, the ceiling, straight ahead.  We are afraid to be seen.  We hide ourselves from the world.  There are issues we all have in our lives that we can work on through many avenues.  Through prayer, counseling, fellowship, and more.

Even when we’ve repented of our sins and begin to work on those issues in our lives, there’s still something we hide.  As John Eldredge shares in Waking the Dead, we hide our own glory.  That’s the glory we receive from God when we are made new in our relationship with Christ.  There’s something fearful here and that is the fact that when we decide to live from this glory and the holiness that Christ offers, we stand fully exposed to the world.  For many, this still seems so risky, because it puts us out there fully.  As the book says, “It is an awkward thing to shimmer when everyone else around you is not, to walk in your glory with an unveiled face when everyone else is veiling theirs.”

When I was reading this, this completely stuck out to me.  There is a great deal of truth to this thought.  The world has become a post-modern mess where the idea of living out the Truth of who we are in Christ can gain a lot of down the nose looks.  Many will often turn their nose up at people who are just out there and confident in who they are in Christ and aren’t ashamed to let it be seen.  It’s exposing and for many and yes for sometime even me, it can be a scary.  So what do we do?  We go back to posing.  We are around our friends, families, and acquaintances and we go back to hiding.  We either bring back the poser or just shy away from our glory.

Reading this gave me a lot of food for thought.  As I wrote the other day, Jesus said ““Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father.” (Matthew 10:32-33).  We are called to boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We are called to publicly acknowledge Christ to the world.  If we do, we will be acknowledged before the Father.  So the answer to this is simple.  We need to live from our glory and from our true self.  We need to be bold about who we are in Christ and no longer hide from this fact.

Eldredge says, “To admit we do have a new heart and a glory from God, to being to let it be unveiled and embrace it as true – that means the next thing God will do is ask us to live from it.  Come out of the boat. Take the throne. Be what he meant us to be. And that feels risky…really risky. But it is also exciting. It is coming fully alive.” 

We can now stand naked to the world.  It does not matter how the world looks at us if we are living in the glory of God and from that.  We are made new in Christ.  Romans 2:29 says, “A person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.”  We need to learn to live our lives seeking Gods praise and living for his glory alone.  “Put on your new nature, created to be like God…” (Ephesians 4:24:).  “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ” (Ephesians 5:2).

This is boldness that is needed for all followers of Christ.  I pray each day to grow in this way to stand not just on what I write, but in the way I live and in my actions. I have worked to continually get out from behind the fig leaf.  I tell you what, since I started to come out, God has had me on fire.  It takes work each day because of the world we live in, but it’s worth the risk to stand bold and naked in our glory for the world to see.  Jesus felt it was worth the risk to hang on that cross for us for all the world to see.  It is worth the risk to stand bold and naked to the world in the God’s glory as well.  Do we dare to stand naked?

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