I'm walking through a season where the Lord continues to reveal to me what it means to be naked and unashamed. It has been a continuous message in my heart since January this year. I was even reluctant to write this next section to you word for word because it comes out of my own notes. Then the Lord said, "why would you hide that?" Here's what I wrote.....
Living naked means that everything in your life is exposed. Are you living your life with a purity that says even to God himself that you are "unashamed"? What are you ashamed of in front of people? What do you still hide away and say to yourself, "I don't want anyone to know about that"? If there are things that you don't want man to know about, if even man can't look upon these things, then what will happen when God looks upon them?
When God asked Adam, "Where are you?" after the sin in the garden, it was because Adam and Eve were now separated from God. God knew their close intimacy had been lost. It was not God seeking to find Adam, but rather God asking Adam to repent and come back. It was with a heavy heart, grief, and a burden that God cried out and said, "Where are you? I've lost my relationship with you."
One of the best ways I know how to describe this is when I still walked in guilt from abortion. This is exactly how I felt. Anytime abortion was mentioned I wanted to run and hide. I thought everyone knew about my abortion (naked and exposed). When the thoughts arose, I wanted to crawl into a hole and not come out. I was ashamed.
As I think about my struggles today, the Lord has graciously showed me where I am trying to "cover" certain areas of my life or make excuses for places that I don't want to be exposed. One example is my home. I do not like opening my home up to entertain people or be hospitable. But, I'm learning there is nothing to be ashamed of. It's not that I'm ashamed of my physical house, it's that I am too worried about people being entertained or them finding some kind of "dirt" and judging me for the way I might keep my house.
It's the same with our hearts. Many times, we don't want to open up to another not because we are ashamed of who we are on the outside but because we are afraid they will judge us for who we are on the inside.
Life is meant to be messy. If we didn't have problems we wouldn't need Jesus or each other. There's nothing I haven't been through that the next person won't walk through. Know who you can open up to that will listen to you but will also tell you the truth. Open your heart up today and live a life that's NAKED and UNASHAMED.
"So we must both speak and act in every respect like those who are destined to be tried by the perfect law of liberty and remember that judgment is merciless for the one who judges others without mercy. So by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment!" -JAMES 2:12-13 TPT