He Loves Me!
This devotional is a series of excerpts from Wayne Jacobsen's life changing book, He Loves Me! Download a PDF of this book by clicking the link below.
Day 51: Shame-free Living
The story has always amazed me. A woman whose reputation for sin was well known in her community, walked into the home of a Pharisee as a group of them were sharing a meal with Jesus. She made her way around the table until she found him, then poured expensive perfume over his feet and wiped them with her hair.
How could she even go into a home of those who despised her so much? And how could she touch Jesus that way when surely everyone in the room would misinterpret her act of love? Shouldn't she have been too ashamed to even show her face there? You would think so, but no! Obviously she had been deeply touched by Jesus, her sins had been forgiven and now the only thing that mattered to her in that roomful of disparaging looks was the look of appreciation she saw in his eyes.
What began in the Garden-our utter sense of shame-is swallowed up in the presence of Jesus. She was liberated from the oppressive need of worrying about what others thought of her and was able to simply do what she wanted to do most.
Discovering how much the Father loves will increasingly set you free to walk without shame, before God and with other people. Though shame restrains people from sin under the law, in Christ it no longer holds any purpose.
Because your sin was consumed in Jesus on the cross, there is absolutely no condemnation or guilt for anyone who lives in him. You can taste this miracle of the cross every day. Now you can be with your Father just like you are, still in the process of transformation, and not have to hide anything. You can share with him your darkest secrets as you learn from him how to walk free of it. He knows you cannot fix it yourself and only awaits for you to recognize it and invite his help.
As he teaches you how to walk shamelessly with him, you'll also discover yourself walking shamelessly in the world. Having been bullied by shame all of your life, often without even recognizing it, you will be amazed at how much your life will change in its absence.
It's an incredible gift that Dallas Willard in The Divine Conspiracy painted this way: "Would you like to have no need for others to praise you, and would you like not to be paralyzed and humiliated by their dislike and condemnation? Wouldn't you also like to have a strength and understanding that enables you genuinely and naturally to bless those who are cursing you-or cheating you, beating you out on the job, spitting on you in a confrontation, laughing at your religion or culture, even killing you?"
Those who are no longer influenced by shame can finally live authentic lives-the same outside as they are inside. It is a tremendous relief to be known exactly for who you are, allowing people to know both your strengths and your weaknesses. Shame-free people champion reality over image, sincerity over pretentiousness and honesty over deceit. Admittedly there is a cost to living authentically in a broken world as others try to take advantage of you. But no one I've met who had done so would go back to the land of pretense.