Thank you for joining us today on #livefree Thursday. Pull up a chair around the table. Get out your Bible. Hold out your hands as we pray together and laugh and talk. Today’s topic is shame-less.
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4:16 Amplified Bible
That seems to go against some teachings that I’ve heard that makes God distant. You know, the million-miles-away God.
But this scripture tells me to strip away shame. To become shame-less. To have boldness, may I even say audacity.
What would that look like?
With shame_less audacity, I walk right in to His presence because that is where I will find Him. I run toward His guidance, His mercy, His love, and even His rebuke when that is what I need to course correct so that I walk toward destiny and joy instead of falling into things that mire me down.
With shame_less audacity, I don’t hang my head, though I respect Him as God. He is waiting for me.
With shame_less audacity, I call out the names of my unsaved loved ones because He loves them even more than me.
Shame-less audacity: To be without shame. To be bold in spite of how you feel.
I know all the English majors out there are saying, “Suzie, shameless doesn’t have a hyphen.”
I know. I really do.
But when you are free to run into God’s presence without shame, when you are free to sit in His presence to learn and soak in His majesty and be changed because of that relationship. . . well, then it does have a hyphen.
So you can just call me shame-less.
And I hope you call yourself the same.