Naked

Surprised by the title?  Me, too.

As I looked at the blog calendar for today’s post, I realized that I had written “Naked” as the topic.

Okay, so anyone who knows me well, KNOWS that my modesty is lacking and my humor is on the level of a sixth grader. Sigh.

You can only imagine the giggle I got out of reading my blog topic for today and I wondered, “Where the heck did that come from?” Hmmm.

Here’s what I think.

First of all, I might have written that in the blog calendar just to give myself a laugh.  And yes, that sounds very much like me.

However, the second and REAL reason, is that I believe God has a plan for me to bare it all to the world…in a good way.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1Peter 4:10-11

As I reread Tuesday’s post about my prayer life, I realized that stripping away the outer covers that I often hide behind is exactly how God wants me to enter into His presence and show the world His Grace and Mercy.

God doesn’t want the dressed up, fake Meg.  He wants the real naked Meg.  And He wants you, too.

How many times have we tried to spice up the truth so it didn’t sound so bad?  How many times do we look in the mirror and list the items we would change if we could…and sometimes do because we can?

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. 2Corinthians 11:13-15

The list of traits to change is huge and the road to perfection is endless.  And we have to realize right now that perfection isn’t what we are shooting for because it’s impossible.  Most of us have already walked down that road and have certainly failed, which in turn makes us imperfect.  Been there; done that.

However, when we shed the disguises and stand before God with warts and all – we are finally getting somewhere.

It’s not that God doesn’t already see us for who we really are, but it’s the beginning of OUR trust that He has been looking for from us all along.

This small step towards placing our hearts in the hands of our Heavenly Father is a gigantic step of faith, but the reward is simple…security in the Almighty.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4

There’s more to a Godly life than confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness.  It’s completely trusting Him, placing our entire being in His hands and knowing that He will not forsake us.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Baring our heart and soul relieves us from the guilt and condemnation that strongly grips us and frees us to live a life that is worth something in the end.  Our honesty and trust in God will teach us to have faith in His Will and to serve Him as He would have us.

Our nakedness might not be pretty (body, soul, mind or heart), but peeling off the worldly layers represents an act of confidence in God and invites Him to clothe us in His protection, forgiveness, mercy and grace!!!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 10:9 – The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

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