The naked worker

In the beginning, Adam and Eve were completely transparent in the Garden. It wasn’t their lack of clothing. It was their attitudes. It was the way they conducted their lives. Since there was no sin, there was no need to hide. But after the fall, everything for Adam and Eve changed. God called out, “Adam, where are you?” but it was not a holy game of hide and seek. God knew exactly where Adam was even though Adam did his best to conceal himself from God. Isn’t it interesting when God asks questions of us? Like he doesn’t already know!

Transparency is the only way to come before God because He sees right though our fig leaf personas, our masquerades, and our silly attempts at keeping our true selves from him. Oh, we have the excuses all prepared but they ring hollow as we try to avoid the Almighty and the questions He asks us.

Transparency begins with the admission of our true nature – we are sinners in need of a Savior. It continues with an admission of where we are – lost in the garden. God knows who we are and where we are.

And yet, like the Great and Powerful Oz, we call out to our co-workers, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” We want to believe that the voice behind the curtain is really ours. It sounds authoritative and it asserts confidence. It gives instruction and pronounces meaning.

We walk the corridors of work and our office mate calls out, “How you doing?” Safely hidden behind the wizard’s curtain we reply, “I’m good.” Our polite words help us avoid the potential of an uneasy silence. We can’t bear to reveal who we are. Nor do we want others to reveal themselves to us.

So, we hear the voice of God, softly calling out in the garden. “Where are you?”
What will you say?

About David Rupert

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2 Responses to The naked worker

  1. H. Alex says:

    I agree that we need to be more honest and transparent with others, but I just heard the radio talk show host Dennis Prager speak about this very thing the other day, and he had a very good point to make. He said that we need to be able to “comparmentalize” in our lives, kind of like a ship with a leak somewhere which will seal off that area, so that the rest of the ship doesn’t sink. In the same way, he says that yes, while we should be honest, that it is neither the time nor the place to “blubber” on about our troubles to everyone who asks, “How’s it goin’? He says that we should have two or three key people in our lives who know us so intimately, know our history, etc., and really have the background information to be able to share these deeper things with. Otherwise, the person who casually asks how we are can be left feeling frustrated, helpless, and awkward since they don’t really know how to help. And we feel unfulfilled and even more helpless during an encounter like this, as well. I do think that we personally should try to “read between the lines”, being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, to physical cues from others when they say they are okay and we sense that they are not, invite them out for a cup of coffee or something to see if we can minister to their needs. Sorry this was so wordy…just rambling.

  2. Good point. I think God asks questions to help us find our own way. He does not need the answer but helps us figure out the answer with us.

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