Nudity ~ A Spiritual Discipline?
Spiritual disciplines are basic to our walk with God. Life goes better when we incorporate them into the rhythm of our days. They are not electives. They are essential. Devotional disciplines help us to not just function well, they can help us thrive.
The Word of God
It is a good thing to read the Bible. Read it daily. Reading it through in the cycle of a year, either cover to cover or following a reading plan is both minimal and extremely beneficial. It is a blessing to at least once a year hear again the Words of Jesus, journey with the church through Acts, and be instructed in right living in the Epistles. It is a privilege it is to be blessed with the Psalms, receive wisdom through the Proverbs, hear the thundering of the Prophets, and walk with the Patriarchs and the Children of Israel through their amazing history. This book is incomparable. I have been reading it for more than fifty years and I feel like I have just begun. It is the most fascinating, most delightful, most life-giving book in the entire world. It is a joy to own, a delight to read, and a blessing to obey. It is good to get into the Word and get the Word into us. Read the Word of God.
Spending Time with Him
Theology says that God in omnipresent - He is with us 24/7. No matter where we go or what we do, He will never leave us nor forsake us. That being said, focused time spent in His Presence is still important. What is prayer? Prayer is simply spending time with God. Not just time on the go, but time designated for Him and Him alone. Time spent in conversation with the great lover of our soul. We talk to Him. And if we are quiet enough, He will talk to us. Prayer is vocal. Prayer is also silent. Contemplative Prayer is the silent focus of heart and mind and affections on our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in loving adoration. It is good to discover which form of prayer works best for you, and make it a daily delight.
The simple truth is
we need each other.
Find a place of worship
that fits your spiritual DNA.
Christianity is both personal, and corporate. We are each a part of the Church of the Living God, His body here on earth, His bride preparing herself for the Wedding of the Lamb. We are blessed to assemble together in His Name, to worship in His Presence, to hear the wonderful Words of Life, and to regularly receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Yes, most of us have had church struggles in the past. We may prefer to walk alone. But the simple truth is we need each other. Find a place of worship that fits your spiritual DNA. Be faithful to that place and those people with your attendance, participation, and yes even finances as God leads. You will be blessed in the doing. Unless you are in a God-ordained temporary "time out" from "church" (and yes, this does happen, and for many legitimate reasons), it is wise to making regular Sunday worship a habit, an essential part of your weekly routine. Just get up and go. You know it will do you good.
There are any numbers of other important spiritual disciplines, and we each have those that bless us most. Prayer, the Word, and Church are the basics but people also fast from food or pleasures, some go on retreats, people engage in prayer walking, some enjoy putting on a music tape and “soaking” in the Presence of the Lord, and some of us love to take off all our clothes and be naked before God. A select few even get naked with other people.
Nudity ~ A Spiritual Discipline?
Yes, you heard me right. Some Christians like to take off all their clothes and spend focused time in prayer before God. Some also like to spend significant time just going about their business at home in the nude. They do so not just because it feels good, but because it feels good before God. It increases a sense of God’s Presence and being one with Him.
Nudity is a wonderful spiritual discipline. I know because I am one who loves to pray, and read my Bible in the nude. In fact I am nude right now, while I am typing this article.
I will be in my regular place of prayer, or sitting with the Word, and suddenly the urge will come upon me . . . Get Naked! And so I do. And when I do what a relief I feel!
There I am, alone before God. Because of His broken Body and shed Blood there is no sin separating me from fellowship with Him. And there I am, naked before God. And my lack of clothing perfectly symbolizes my total surrender, my complete openness, and my lack of separation from Him.
God’s Original Intent
Remember, it was God’s original intent to spend time with Adam and Eve while they were naked in a garden. It was also His original intent to spend time with naked people throughout all of human history. Only sin interrupted that plan.
So that is what I do. I spend time with Him as He originally intended; and it feels so good. It feels so good because my body enjoys it so much. And it feels so good because I can feel God’s pleasure at my being emotionally, spiritually, and physically naked in His Presence. It not just His original intent; it is also my delight.
I am sure for some the example of Adam and Eve will be insufficient justification for spiritually motivated nudity. They will want either a Biblical command or at least a Biblical precedent. So I provide you with examples from the lives of several Prophets. If anyone was known to be close to God it was the Prophets. They were close enough to hear His voice and know His will. They serve as good examples for us to emulate.
When Saul went to visit Samuel the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and he took off all his clothes and lay on the ground and prophesied. The Scripture says,
And the Spirit of God came upon him also, and as he went he prophesied until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he too stripped off his clothes, and he too prophesied before Samuel and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus it is said, “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 1 Samuel 19: 23 - 24
It was clear that not only did Saul get naked; this was normal behaviour for prophets.
God said barefoot.
But He may as well have said,
“Bare butt, bare bird, and bare balls”
because that was how it was.
Isaiah was told by God to walk naked and barefoot through the land for three years. That mean that when he conducted a meeting or prophesied before people his penis and balls were in full view.
At that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot. Isaiah 20:2
God said barefoot. But He may as well have said, “Bare butt, bare bird, and bare balls” because that was how it was.
Micah also prophesied nude.
“Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go barefoot and naked; I must make a lament like the jackals and a mourning like the ostriches.” Micah 1:8
It says he felt he “must” do it. He had no choice.
So, the Holy Spirit often moved people to get naked before God. And it was what God wanted from humanity in the first place. At times it is exactly what He wants from me.
And the Biblical record shows that some even did so in the presence of others! I have not yet had the experience of worshipping God naked with others, or ministering naked like Isaiah, but I would like to some day.
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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.