“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12–13 ESV)
I’m very comfortable in my own skin, as long as my skin is covered in layers of clothes.
I’m not comfortable being exposed.
The examination would demand that I was very exposed.
A mass had been found where a mass was not supposed to be.
It could be relatively benign or it could be something that would contribute to my demise.
The only way to find out would be through procedures and examinations that left me without privacy or dignity.
Any attempt to cover myself would result in misdiagnosis that would keep me from being cured.
I had to be naked and exposed.
Though the process was very uncomfortable and very embarrassing, it was necessary to preserve life.
When God examines a person, the process can be even more excruciating.
The worldly physician sees the naked body, the Lord sees the naked heart as well.
That can be far more embarrassing and painful.
The heart is full of masses benign and cancerous that threaten the spiritual life of the believer.
Physical cancers terrify us, we love some of the ones that infest our souls.
Covering ourselves, whether in piety or lies…is fruitless.
The Great Physician can see them, only He can remove them.
The surgery is often more painful than the discovery.
The mass in my body was benign.
The ones in my soul are not.
There will be surgery…
Regular checkups are necessary for health.
I will be exposed again.
So will you.
Make your own application…