Naked Before God, part 2

Last time we came to an important understanding in this study of the metaphor that is nakedness before God and that understanding is that we are always naked before Him, for none of us has or ever will have secrets from Him, for He knows all.

A sobering thought for anyone.

Yet when we voluntarily bare all before God, when we take away our pretense, our pride and our coverings and come into His presence in humble submission, holding nothing back, amazing things happen, and we become “naked and unashamed”.

There is a very fundamental reason for this; actually it is a theological reason that is elegant in its simplicity: we were created for the purpose of intimate relationship with our Creator. What is all the more amazing is the fact that this is true of us both individually and collectively, and it is why marriage between a man and woman is used in Scripture as a metaphor to illustrate the relationship between Christ and His Church: It is the most intimate of all relationships.

Many times over the years, I have had the opportunity to speak with Christian leaders in academia, in well-known ministries and in local churches, and I have often been surprised that these leaders, as amazing as many of them are, focus on all of the wrong things. They focus on doctrinal points, which may or may not be important, or they may focus on traditions of corporate worship or worship style or preaching style… or they may debate the best kind of microphone to use in preaching.

Yet none of these things bring about an intimate relationship.

To be naked before God means that these kinds of things fall into their proper places, that we gain better perspective on what our priorities should be, for the highest priority of any Christian should be their relationship with our Lord, their intimate, bare-all-in-humility relationship with our Lord.

I’ve worked with a fair number of married couples who have marital difficulties, and almost without exception the ones who couldn’t resolve their issues failed for one of two reasons: Either they did not trust one another, or one or both of them lacked humility in some way. Of course this should surprise no one, for marriage is the most intimate of human relationships; it is physically intimate, emotionally intimate and it is mentally intimate. Intimacy of this kind requires complete trust, and complete trust requires a fair degree of humility, for one does not gain the trust of another by setting him or herself above the other. God created humanity for an intimate relationship, and when things went south, He was willing to go to extreme measures to redeem us; there He stands, arms wide open. Do we trust Him enough to run to Him and have a “naked and unashamed” relationship?

When all is said and done in this life, and we are on our deathbeds, the only thing that really counts is our answer to that last question.

Next time, I’d like to expand the scope of this discussion and transition from the abstract into the practical. In the meantime, please share your comments, observations and insight…

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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13 Responses to Naked Before God, part 2

  1. Laurie says:

    I remember being taught this concept as a child. Perhaps one reason I really love Psalm 139. I taught my Faith Formation classes about this last year, at first it frightened them! Looking forward to your next post.
    Laurie

  2. Matt Brumage says:

    So, you’re an advocate for spiritual “streaking” before our Master; running through His courts with praise, and nothing else? I’m eager to hear the practical application because this sort of thing done with each other, corporately before our Master truly is terrifying. I’m not sure I could do it, even among others I believed were genuinely practicing it. I’m ashamed to say it, but it’s true. I have a lot of maturing and growing to do first, because I know it’s not possible to become “clean enough” to do it without shame. I will simply have to get to a place where I can drop the shame and come forth filthy among my spiritual family for my Master to cleanse. It gives me chills, and not the good kind. I think a corporate experience of such shamelessness would need the insight and direction of Paul’s discussion of “food sacrificed to idols” in 1 Corinthians; practically speaking. More shivers. Gee, Don, thanks for bringing THAT up. Now I’ll be distracted all afternoon!

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  4. DGHDelgado says:

    “extreme measures to redeem us–arms wide open.” Huh.
    You know, several thoughts run together on this:
    1. As a teenager, my church asked me multiple times to play Jesus in the Easter play. Once or twice, I was crucified and got to wear a towel for a loin cloth. I was glad for it, but I’ve always thought Jesus was crucified naked. Hence the women “standing at a distance” and not up close.
    2. If he was crucified naked, how does that relate to the “cover up” at the fall?
    3. Does he, in his humanity, bear our nakedness before the Father while bearing our sin?
    4. Does he, in his deity, reflect God’s willingness to become 100% transparent with us?

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