Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Don't Want You to See Who I Really Am!


Suppose it was perfectly acceptable for you to walk out of the house today, heading to work or school or wherever you are heading, ...totally naked. Of course pretending for a moment that it was warm enough to bare all, but what if there were no laws against it, and your work or school dress code allowed it. Would you? My guess would be many of you would not. I know I wouldn't. That's because the reason most of us wear clothes is not just because laws or social norms require them, but more so because there's a lot about our bodies we don't want others to see. So we cover it up. And even with the parts of us that are not generally concealed by clothing, if we don't like how it looks, we try to cover it in other ways. Blemishes on your face? Ladies cover with make up or men might grow a beard. Hair thinning? Put a hat on it. Legs spotty or veiny? Wear long pants, skirt to your ankles or pantyhose. I could go on with examples, but you get the idea. And the idea is that we have come up with many ways to conceal what we really look like and...who we really are.

That effort runs much deeper when it comes to our character flaws and personality imperfections. And even deeper than that when we talk about our spiritual shortcomings. Just like how we dress over our mess, we can work just as hard to hide our sinful thoughts, words and actions. Many of us can even conceal it, and at least think, talk and act right long enough to sit in church for a few hours each week. And the folks sitting around us are none the wiser. They have no clue of the violent thoughts you've been thinking. Couldn't imagine the curse words you sometimes mumble low enough where no one hears you. Would never guess how many of your waking and sleeping hours you spend lusting after someone who belongs to someone else or material possessions you don't possess. No one knows that because we have gotten good at covering it up.

But there are not enough clothes or proper talk or christian-like conduct that could ever hide it from God. He sees all and He knows all. I know, cramps up my stomach too. But this is the thing. He knows it, but He still loves us. And because He loves us, He is not going to leave us that way. If we will surrender to Him and obey Him, He won't help us cover up what we're not proud of...He'll fix it. And not just patch it up either. He will change our whole lives and give us a brand new start and take us to places we never ever could reach without Him. Just read this beautiful prayer written by King David.

“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?  “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord." 2 Samuel 7:18-20 (NLT)

David prayed this just after God reminded him of how he brought him from tending sheep to be a mighty King. Then God made a covenant with David, an eternal promise, to make his lineage a great dynasty.

When others looked at David, what they saw was a mighty King, strong in battle, able leader, and righteous servant. But what they couldn't see was the lust that he harbored in his heart. The lust that would later, in chapter 11, lead him to sleep with another man's wife, get her pregnant, then come up with a scheme to have her husband killed on the battlefield. But at this point, he is hiding that lust very well. Everyone else still saw David with all of his spiritual clothes on. But God saw him for who he really was. Which is why David said, "You know what your servant is really like".

Look don't get any ideas about my question earlier. Go ahead and put your clothes on. And go ahead and put on your makeup or your hat or your wig or your pantyhose, or whatever you put on to hide whatever it is you don't want us to see. And when you go to church this Sunday, don't feel like you have to tell everyone what you've been thinking, saying or doing. We don't have to see everything or know everything about you. But always remember, God sees it all, and God knows who you really are....and He still loves you!

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