The Apokalypsis

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Father,

 

What is true revelation? In Greek, it is called “apokalypsis”: the laying bare, making naked, uncovering of that which was unknown. 

 

I desire for You to reveal Yourself to me. I’ve asked that the eyes of my heart would be enlightened and that I might know the mystery of Your will (Ephesians 1:18,9). But when You begin to pull back my cloak, I’m made aware of my own nakedness. I know how Eve felt, as I too want to run and hide. Bared, I look much less spiritual. 

 

You don’t condemn me for this (Romans 8:1). Your ex-ray eyes have always seen through my bobbles and bows. You aren’t shocked a bit (1 Corinthians 13:12). Yet, it bothers me, because I thought my spiritual Spanx was hiding my flaws. Sigh. 

 

Therein lies a big part of the problem, huh? Looking for goodness in my Spandexed self. Just because I gussy up, doesn’t mean I am good. 

 

No, any goodness that I wear comes from standing free in You  (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

 

Seeing myself naked in the mirror of Your eyes makes me more readily forgive the faults of others. When I see my own imperfections, I can more easily love others through theirs. We all stumble in many ways (James 3:2).

 

You’ve turned on the Light of revelation in the deepest closet of my heart (Luke 2:32). Exposure is simply part of light’s quality. 

 

Yet, You further reveal that as I stand within the Light, I am cleansed. Your Ultraviolet Rays destroy both the flesh-borne and soul-borne pathogens. Your Light Emitting Diodes heals, renews and energizes me from the inside out.  

 

I’m encouraged to know that even the infected syringe can become clean again by just resting under the light. This, then, is my response as well. Not guilt, not agony, not shame – just resting. Coming to the Light and allowing Your rays to penetrate within me. May I keep my eyes open during Your procedure as it is in the seeing that I am restored (1 John 3:2). Positioning myself before You is what purifies me, not merely changing my actions (1 John 3:3). It is by Your grace that I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10). 

 

Thank You that I don’t have to shrink away from Your revelation, despite my faulty image (1 John 2:28). As I look into Your eyes, I do not see my reflection, but Your own. What a blessed truth. 

 

My soul is purified with truths like these (1 Peter 1:22). I ask that You remind me to feed more upon Your Word than upon the deceitful words of the world. 

 

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24).

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