Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Exposed And Helpless
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
When my grandson, Jack, was born, I saw him as the union of two cultures (Asian and Caucasian), a new generation, and a child of the Most High God. He came into this world uncovered and laid bare. He could do nothing but cry out to his eager parents.

He could not speak, dress, walk, turn, or lift his head. He cried out for love, food, and comfort in this strange land he could not understand. Similarly, we are all exposed and helpless before the Eyes of our Almighty Father, though most of us don't know it.

We must remember from Whence we came and to Whom we return. Everything in between our coming and going we call life.

Without God, I call it existence. Yet, here we are: eating, working, thinking, planning, and clothing ourselves with all kinds of things, jobs, habits, words, and actions. Some people add on lies and schemes, then put on a cloak of respectability. They live lives of public disguise. Others forget or lose respectability altogether. We call them lost.

But maybe 'the lost' have one less layer to shed. In being exposed, are they closer to the Kingdom of God than the world's best dressed people? Remember the man in the tombs who 'Wore no clothes' (Luke 8:27)? Although desperately lost and demon-possessed, he became surely found by Jesus.

Is being lost necessary to find eternal life? No, but becoming like little children is. 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of Heaven' (Matthew 18:3).

If we voluntarily uncover our lives and expose our hearts, we become ready for the Word. We're like beautiful children waiting on a loving parent to dress us. God is our Father.

What will He put on us? Nothing less than the righteousness of Christ. It is royal apparel, and it fits perfectly over the baby-smooth skin of our own humility.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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