What's your fig leaf?
And what did Adam and Eve do after they fell? "Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths." (Genesis 3:7).
We are all fallen and falling short every day of what God originally made us for to be like him, holy and righteous in his character. As Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short [present continuous tense] of the glory of God".
We are all naked and without any righteousness and holiness before a holy God to recommend us to him. But before people we try to appear as having everything all together. We cover ourselves with our own "fig leaves". What are my "fig leaves"?, and what your yours by which you cover yourself with? What do you use to save yourself with? It could be a religious thing like going to church and saying your prayers. Or it could be work, or over working to cover your nakedness. Before people these things and many others we use to cover our nakedness and shame may be acceptable or even highly recommended. But none of these will do to cover mine or your nakedness of our fallenness before God. He knows us, each one of us, and there is no where to hide. He knows where you are with him. People might not see you as you are under a cover up, but God does.
The apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:21, "I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Do I, do you "set aside the grace of God" with your own self effort to save yourself? Because if you do, you're trying to save yourself. And that would be the biggest slap in God's face which says, "Christ died for nothing"! I don't need him to save me, I am good enough. I can save myself, thank you!
So, what is your fig leaf? Is it something religious? Or something secular you hide behind from people, and from God? What do you use to save yourself with? Will let Jesus Christ save you from your fallenness, nakedness and sin? Will you be honest with yourself today? And with God? Because only the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ will do before God. Will you take Jesus' righteousness, or try to establish your own?
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