Hearts were never intended to be nestled beneath the coat of bones and skin they wear. As if the physical cover is not enough, we bury our hearts further with walls of protection. Layering coat after coat to insure full security. While our physical hearts were created to pump blood through the veins, sustaining life, the heart’s true purpose is much larger than that.
Hearts are in their prime when they are fully exposed- naked.
Carefully guarding its soft tissue, we pray for preservation and safekeeping, when we should pray for just the opposite-brokenness- hearts worn on the sleeves, battered and wilted.
Why is it often the hardest thing in the world to do?
bare your heart.
The fear of others’ thoughts invades our heart headquarters and deprives them of the biggest moments. Even in the safest environments, Satan whispers:
No one else can relate; you are alone.
Someone might laugh at you.
Everyone else has their act together.
And your heart temporarily believes his lies, missing opportunity after opportunity to give God the glory He deserves.
The honor He should have because He saved your heart.
The praise that is His through any heart works you do in His power.
The blessing of giving back to Him a small representation of His heart.
While his body bore suffering on the cross in complete shame, physically naked to the world, the ultimate gift Jesus gave arrived in the form of a naked heart- giving up His rightful power and baring the sin of the world.
Can you see the privilege we have to bare our hearts in likewise form, giving up our own dreams and ambitions for His plan for our lives?
Not only to Him.
But baring naked hearts for Him.
With His promise that we are NEVER alone.
How will you begin to make your heart bare for Him today?