Not Even In My Tighty Whities!
Have you ever prayed completely naked?
Me either, but I hear it is a humbling experience. Imagine yourself, stark naked, bowing before God in prayer. All your imperfections, all your flaws, all your rolls and wrinkles and moles and blemishes fully exposed. Completely vulnerable and completely revealed. It's kinda scary just to think about, isn't it?
Do you know what the first description of humankind is in the Bible? It was not as a sinner or a fallen creature. It was not as a worker of the field or a partner to one another. It was not a description of our imperfections or our needing of saving. We were first described as bearers of the image of God. You were created in the image of God. Your body, your mind, your soul are all shaped in God's image.
Do you realize what that means? Your "imperfections" are actually representations of God's being. You are special. You are beautiful. You are holy.
The praying naked imagery I described earlier was not a clever way to draw you in. As I thought about it more I realized it is one of the purest ways we can approach God. There are no barriers, no walls, no restrictions placed between us and God. It's us saying, 'God, this is me. The complete me. The me that is made in your image. What I see as imperfection you see as perfect. What I see as blemishes you see as beautiful. Help me see myself with your eyes.'
Too often we approach God intellectually. We attempt to say the smartest words is the clearest fashion to make the most impactful statements. Honestly, I don't think God is looking for any of that. God wants us. The naked version of us. The us that is willing to strip away everything hiding our truest self from him. An us that is proud of who we are and what we look like. God created you in his image; that is not something to be ashamed of.
I am not trying to spark a naked movement. Far from it. What I am trying to say is that in God's eyes you are exactly as he created you to be. In your own, special, unique way you represent the image of God. That's amazing! Be willing to approach God with an unfiltered version of yourself. God doesn't need Instagram filters to see the best version of you. He just needs you. For some of us, that might mean stripping away everything and bowing down just the way we are.