“I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit” (Isaiah 57:15).
We all want to appear and to be successful. We want people to know we are accomplished and capable. We want to be important. The first temptation of Christ was to show His importance, to turn stones into bread. He kept to His calling to share the Word of God instead of impressing. “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) He could have dazzled everyone with His abilities, but He chose not to.
We on the other hand, like to dazzle others. We hide behind our accomplishments and trappings of success. We don’t want others to see or know our true, unadorned self, for it is damaged, broken, and untidy. But it is in the unadorned self where Christ resides in you the most. He isn’t driving your Mercedes, He’s driving your broken places, filling them with His light and love. It is when we expose our unadorned self to others that we truly love. For when we are vulnerable, naked in our sin, mistakes, wounds… call it what you like, that we invite others to connect with their truth, their broken places so that they can offer them to up to Jesus. If we weren’t broken clay vessels walking around, there would be no need for the Potter! Our naked selves, our deepest truth, is what longs for wholeness, for connection with God. Let us celebrate that! Reclaim your unadorned self and offer it to the world. It’s one of the bravest, and most important things you will ever do.