Today is July 8. A heartbreaking day for the City Dallas, for those in law enforcement and for our whole nation due to the senseless murders of 5 police officers last night. Men in blue who were faithfully protecting people who were protesting against them. The officers were there to do a job that they had committed to do, even if the people they were serving and protecting hated them and wanted them dead.
Today is also a day that the company I work with, Rodan and Fields, has marked as #RFGoNaked day to raise money for a charity called buildOn, that was created to “Help Break The Cycle Of Poverty, Illiteracy & Low Expectations”
As I approach this day, my heart is so heavy for my city, my nation, my fellow-man. What has happened to us? I’m thinking about the whole “naked” day as well and if to even participate in it. As I was pondering these questions, the passage in Genesis 2:25 came to mind, “they were both naked………and were not ashamed.” Can you imagine being naked and not ashamed????? Ok, maybe some of you don’t have a problem with being naked, but most people do! We are embarrassed by things about our bodies that we don’t like, were teased about, or rejected by others because of. Did you know there is a movement now to help people be naked and not ashamed? It’s sort of weird, really. But, they are trying to help people accept their bodies just as they are. Nice idea, but if you ask me, they are missing the point.
Adam and Eve were unashamed because they were perfect. What I mean by that is they knew no sin. They had no need to be covered until sin entered the picture. Once sin entered, it never left. We are born in sin – a sinful world, not a perfect, sinless garden. We need to be covered too. No, I don’t mean with clothes, although that is highly recommended! We need to be covered with what only the perfect and sinless One can provide for us, robes of righteousness. We can’t hide our dirty and hate-filled hearts from the One who judges all hearts. He sees it and, with time, all will see because our actions will ultimately reflect what is in our hearts. We can try to hide it, mask it, wish it away, but nothing will erase it except the miraculous work that was done on the cross when the final sacrifice was made and the sinless, spotless, perfect lamb laid down His life on our behalf. One life for ALL lives. From that point forward, ALL LIVES are given an opportunity for redemption. He ALONE redeems. He ALONE restores. He ALONE rebuilds. He ALONE renews. He ALONE reforms. He ALONE reinstates the perfect and pure hearts that He created in the garden. Sin still exists and attempts each day to dirty the heart redeemed, but He just keeps on renewing us day after day, making us new again and again.
Makes me think of when my children were little and they would play outside and get dirty and smelly. They would come in the house and, guess where we headed? To the bath to clean up, of course! I didn’t keep them locked in the house all day so they wouldn’t get dirty! I knew if they went outside they would need to be cleaned up at the end of the day. God actually sends us into the world knowing that we too will need to have His cleansing flood wash over us to purify our hearts and minds daily. We need spiritual baths even more than we need physical baths. We, like Peter, get a little off-balance sometime thinking that clean bodies, hair, clothes, etc, are more important than a clean heart and mind. Not true. Jesus said we are to love one another. We can’t love if we also hate. We can’t have a divided heart. A purified heart loves. One who loves serves. One who serves is like Jesus who took on the form of a servant and washed his disciples feet. (that had to be some pretty stinky and nasty feet! I’ve wondered if he gagged a little. Just being honest.) John 13:5-17
Jesus died so that we would get it. ALL LIVES really do MATTER. Why have we forgotten that He died for ALL? Because of sin, lies and the killing of truth. Because of the deception of the enemy of our souls. Jesus came so that we would have life. Satan came to kill, steal and destroy life. It’s simple.
Jesus is color blind, but He has x-ray vision.
He doesn’t see the color of our skin or the masks and labels we wear. He sees the condition of our hearts. And, He’s the only ONE who CAN fix it. As my dear friend Suzy says,
“Fix it Jesus!”
We need Him more than we’ve ever needed Him before. Let Him wash over you today and purify your heart. ASK HIM to do what only HE can. Only Jesus can change our hearts so that we can LOVE like He does. Pure. Unashamed. Willing to lay down our lives for others.
“And no creature is hidden from His sight, but ALL are NAKED and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13