Covering ourselves is often wise and decent, but have we got things a little twisted? It seems modern culture encourages us to bare more of our skin but hide more of our hearts. Perhaps it’s time to flip the script.
Romans 8:35 says;
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Yes, the most common definition is to be without clothing or covering, but it’s more than that, as another definition puts it, it seems to imply being ‘exposed to harm and vulnerability’. With this in mind it stands to reason that we are prone to covering ourselves, no one wants to expose themselves to harm deliberately.
But is nakednes always negative and does it always leave us exposed to harm? – No, it depends who we are exposing our vulnerabilities to.
Many of us seem ashamed to bare our true selves, we feel the need to embellish ourselves, as if it’s not enough just to be who we were created to be.
It started in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:10 states;
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.
I’m a Christians for many reasons but one of the main reasons is that in Christ I don’t have to hide anymore, hiding is hard work! Now I walk free.
We aught not be ashamed to bring the things that aren’t right into the light, because the truth is, we can only be delivered from the dark things in our lives when they are exposed. We first have to expose ourselves to the light, before we can be transformed by the light.
2 Corinthians 3:18 states;
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
In Jesus we’ve been invited to go back to Genesis 2:25;
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.