It's no secret that Adam and Eve made fig leaves because they were afraid (Genesis 3: 10) What were they afraid of? Afraid that God would no longer love them. Afraid that if God really knew them and saw them for who they really were -- He may not like them. Friends I think it is the same for us...fear of rejection. Rejection that God wouldn't like me, rejection that those around me wouldn't like me anymore. The truth is God all ready knows what we are and He loves us just the same. Ever since that day in the garden when Eve took the fruit and ate it and shared it with her husband mankind has been hiding out. Covering up with fig leaves. The problem isn't in the fig leaves it's in our thinking.
I can't let others see the real me, because they won't like the real me.
Christmas cards with perfect smiling faces and fresh clothes all matching -- picture perfect perfection, but is it real?
Oh thanks to Pinterest I can pin my way to perfection: homemade crafts and goodies to eat but is it really sweet?
Presents wrapped up with ribbons and bows out of guilt to give above and beyond my means in order to please others. Come January will they even remember who the gift was from?
There is a measure of dysfunction in all of us. We are broken people in desperate need of a Savior. So why this time of year do we hum the tune of Silent Night when we are screaming on the inside of all the un-holy in us and hide once again behind fig leaves? Our thinking is all messed up. We don't need to perform better but receive better. It's the Gift we keep rejecting. The Gift of God's love is free - but we reject it before we can unwrap all that is there!
Christmas is all about believing the Gift. The gift of a baby sent from heaven to save the world from it's sin and sure death. The story of Christmas began way back in the beginning. Back in the garden with the fig leaves. God knew that Adam and Eve would fall and be afraid. He had a plan to bring the best Gift of salvation to mankind. Hiding leads to more hiding and playing this game of perfectionism. It leaves you feeling ashamed, alone, isolated and fearful.
We don't need to be afraid of being real -- being naked about who we really are. Hiding behind fig leaves prevents you from being really naked. Exposing the truth of who you really are immediately makes you vulnerable, open and free. God sees it all. The truth is we don't like how we feel when we are hiding. When we confess our hiding we experience freedom and healing.
James 5:16 ESV - "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."
So friends this Christmas stop hiding and be real! Find a friend to be real with and stop playing the game of perfectionism. Be real. I dare you to be transparent. Stop doing all the motions of Christmas with a fake heart and fig leaves tied up to cover your imperfections. Hey we are ALL sinners saved by grace. We need healing this Christmas. Healing from our addiction to perfectionism.