Ashamed to Be NakedAug 29, 2022
Have you ever read a passage of Scripture that you have read 100 times before, but for some reason in that moment it hits you in a different way than it ever did before? That happened to me the other day.
Genesis 2:25 “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”
There is a shame epidemic in Christianity today. So many people feel ashamed. Ashamed in their friendships. Ashamed in their marriages. Ashamed in their relationship with God. The problem with shame is that it puts a choke-hold on grace. Shame allows you to experience living with the knowledge you are free from the penalty of sin, but feeling as though you are not.
What jumps out to me about this passage is that there is a definite connection between nakedness and shame. Naked doesn’t just describe Adam and Eve’s physical appearance…it describes the condition of their heart. It illustrates their relationship with God.
Our willingness to live naked…to live exposed…to come out of hiding will determine the amount of shame with which we live. We can’t understand why we can’t grow in our intimacy with God. We can’t figure out why all of our friendships come to a standstill after the same exact amount of time. We convince ourselves that the pseudo-intimacy we experience in our marriage is as good as it can be. Shame diminishes our potential for intimacy in every aspect of our life.
God’s desire for us is:
What we live in is:
Adam and Eve hid behind fig leaves and thought that God wouldn’t see them. How ridiculous is that? How could anyone ever think they could hide from God behind fig leaves? I would never do that.
Except: I hide behind my reputation; my income; my status; my talent; my career; my smile; my ability to fake you out. What this type of hiding leads to is shame…and shame is the enemy of the life God longs for us to have.
Maybe today, you are experiencing shame in your life; in your marriage; in your friendships; in your relationship with God because for some time you have been unwilling to be naked. You have counted the cost of baring your soul and exposing your heart to God or to another…and the cost seems to high.
It will cost you something. To live naked will cost you a lot. But what you will gain is being known and feeling no shame.
James 5:16: “Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other, so that you can be healed.”