This is what I looked up to see the other day while reading in our office chair. My two year old squatted down feasting on a box of powdered sugar donuts that grandma had brought with her when she visited us on Easter. That right there is shameless. As much as I might desire to squat down in front of a bucket of donuts naked I know I wouldn’t walk away with powdered sugar on my lips bearing it all.
Instead I would probably sneak away. I might face my kitchen counter so no one can see me jam the 5th bread stick in my mouth. I might wait till I round the corner to take one, two, three more bites of the blueberry dessert. I am pretty good at pulling an Eve and trying to hide myself with fig leaves. I might think I can keep it under the lush green leaves but eventually they turn brown, shrivel up, and fall off leaving everything behind them exposed.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for good and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of it’s fruit and ate, and she also gave some to er husband who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaved together and made themselves loincloths.
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, Where are you? And he said “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not eat? The man said “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman. “What is this that you have done? The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
The Lord said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the day of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between you offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and and you shall bruise your heel.”
To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, You shall not eat of it, cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat other plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
I do the same thing with my sin as Eve did. I think I can hide my sin from the people around me. I even think I can hide it from God. I can’t but I do the best I can do try and hide them. Eventually most of them leak out. They especially leak out when we forge intimate relationships with people.
We can let people into the crud of our lives when we understand just how big the love of Jesus is. We can look at the verses that detail to us when Eve first defied God. In that story we can see Eve’s sin and get a glimpse of the big love Jesus has for his creation. God let them know all they would have to endure because of their disobedience. He hands down the consequences of their actions and in the same breath he lets them know how things will be fixed. He lets them know how He will fix it. Genesis 3:15 is the first time the gospel is spoken.
It didn’t take many pages of the bible before Adam and Eve sever their perfect relationship with God. What happened directly after is God setting out the plan on how to restore the relationship between Him and His creation he loves so dearly. Genesis 3:15 speaks about the death that Jesus experienced on the cross (you shall bruise his heel) and the victory Jesus had at the resurrection (He shall bruise your head).
We can let our guard down because we know how the story ends. He died and He Lives again. We know the end of the story. We can let our guard down with the people around us because we know how the story ends.
We can let people see the crud in our lives because Jesus hung naked on a dead tree until life left his body.
He did it not because of anything we did but because of the love he has for us.
When we do eat the donuts and have the powdered sugar on our lips we can let people see it. We can let them see where we struggle and point them to the love and faithfulness of Jesus. We can let them know that we lose to sin everyday but Jesus won the greatest victory.
Chief of Sinners Though I Be sets to music a description of just how big the love Jesus has for us is:
So let’s live life with the people around us, let’s eat donuts together (with our clothes on…unless you are eating them with your hubby that might be fun…but lock the door if you have kids…you don’t want to pay that psych bill in 20 years), and let people see the powdered sugar on our lips.
More importantly when they see the powdered sugar point them to Jesus.
Let them know you are not proud of the powdered sugar on your lips but you know it’s there.
Let them know you are not proud of the sin in your life.
Let them know that you can confess it all to your God.
Let them know you can be honest because you know you are loved in spite of having a powdered sugar ring around your lips. Let them know: