I was at a stop light and a gentleman carrying what appeared to be all his belongings in his whole world walked through the beams of my headlights. He looked at me and put his hand up and gave me a quick nod. I quickly responded with a wave and a smile. It hit me in a good way that he took the initiative to acknowledge we were in each other’s proximity. Here in California we have quite a reputation of being rude.
(Honestly, I’m embarrassed about that reputation.)
Watching that fellow walk past the front of my car and feeling affirmed when he waved to me reminded me that we are all equal. Unique yes, but our value is equal. If we were all to stand naked side by side we would be the same in status, in culture and in class. Clearly, we would differ in gender, skin tones and features, but we would be the same in our roles.
We would all be naked, vulnerable and priceless.
The cross made us priceless. Everyone’s ransom has been paid. E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E We hold the same nonfluctuating value.
Nakedness produces vulnerability. There comes a commonality when people are vulnerable together. In fact, the Bible says we are naked and exposed to our all-seeing and forever loving Father, and we will give account to how we are with one another. That should make us vulnerable and walking in humility while loving one another.
Vulnerability can be as subtle as a homeless fellow walking in a crosswalk waving to this home having but lacking in spirit woman waiting in my car for my life to turn green. Just because he’s lacking an earthly roof over his head doesn’t mean he is lacking in spirit. John the Baptist was filled to over flowing with the Spirit of God wearing some camel hair and dining on locusts and honey while preparing and baptizing those wandering in the wilderness for their Savior.
“And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13