Hebrews 4: “Naked and Afraid”

When I was in college we had a little thing called “open dorms.” Because I went to a private Christian University, our dorms were divided by gender. We couldn’t hangout in our rooms with the opposite sex but for two hours a week on Sunday nights.

One of the bummers about the timing of open dorms was that it coincided with the time of our men’s volleyball practice. Needless to say, I didn’t get very many opportunities to experience the privilege of open dorms.

One evening as I was making my way back to my dorm I realized it was open dorms and that I needed to quickly get a shower before everyone in the dorm would clog our first floor hallway, which led to the only exit in the building (girls had to leave their I.D. at the front desk, which happened to be directly across from our communal bathroom).

Thinking I had plenty of time, I was shocked to discover that I had to walk back to my room in my towel through the maze of guys and girls leaving the dorm. That’s when it happened…

Right as I was about 30 feet from my room a football player friend of mine, “Big Daddy” gave me the signal for a low five. Suddenly he skipped my hand and grabbed the corner of my towel ripping it off my body. The only thing left in my hand was my shower caddy! Yes! I had a shower caddy! I wasn’t thinking to clearly so I suddenly dove on the floor to cover myself up! Realizing that I’m now lying on the floor, naked, while scores of girls are emptying the three floors above into our floor, I jumped up, strategically placed the shower caddy, and ran into my room. My roommate’s girlfriend at the time was cracking up as I ran into the room and hid behind our recliner asking for clothes. Needless to say, at that point, I was much like the popular T.V. show, “Naked and Afraid.”

The following chapel our Chaplain got up and said, “Contrary to popular belief, clothes are not optional during open dorms…” I stood up and took a bow.

It’s a funny story, but it also has a serious point. You’ve never felt so naked, until you’ve experienced literally being naked in front of a large group of the opposite sex…LOL! But seriously, think about this funny story in light of the not so funny reality of Hebrews 4:13 (NLT) 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

I think we tend to forget that we are playing hide-and-go-seek with the one who created the places we try to hide! Although this verse in Hebrews stands as a great reminder, it also is the second part of the greater purpose of the passage.

While we read that nothing in ALL creation is hidden from God, we also have to consider the primary way God reveals this truth… in his Word.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

The Word of God exposes both God’s truth and the truth about who we are. God uses his Word to act as skillful as a surgical blade, and as violent as a sword. The reference here to the sword would have been to communicate not only the power of God’s word, but also how deep God’s word cuts.

Not only is our life “cut deep” by God’s word, but here the author communicates that God’s word cuts even deep enough to the heart.

My prayer for you today is that through reading the New  Testament one chapter a day, you’re allowing God to perform surgery on your heart. Always remember that God’s word can separate even soul and spirit, joint and marrow. Remember, how you respond, or don’t respond in some cases, to God’s word, will expose your innermost thoughts and desires.