We spend most of our lives trying to "create" who we are. Making a name for ourselves, acquiring titles, accepting and rejecting labels, defining and redefining who we are, projecting an image (or not projecting an image), and I could go on and on and on with the cliches. Making sure that others understand who we believe ourselves to be seems to be of utmost importance and we do this through all the things we put on: clothing, titles, etc.
In Genesis 2:25, we are told that Adam & Eve were naked and not ashamed. If you read on to chapter 3, you'll see that they stayed that way until they had both eaten the fruit of the tree. It was at that point that they realized two things: 1, that there was a difference between good and evil and 2, that they weren't wearing anything. So the two of them attempted to create something to cover who they were. The sad thing is, until they disobeyed God, they had no reason to cover up; there was nothing evil about them, nothing that they should have been ashamed of. The irony of eating the fruit is that the very first thing that they were able to see once their eyes were opened was that they shouldn't have eaten the fruit.
After this, they heard God walking in the garden and tried to hide their nakedness. Okay, so you might be thinking, well, they were being modest, you know, in the presence of God, that they realized that being naked was wrong or something. The truth is, they were afraid to be naked in the presence of God (Genesis 3:10). If you think about it, it's pretty funny but kind of sad. I mean, God made them! He knew exactly who they were and what they looked like underneath their coverings.
Don't we try to do the same though? We try to hide ourselves behind our labels and our image in the presence of God, like he doesn't already know who and what we are. Since the infamous fruit-eating incident, we have known that there is both good and evil within us and around us, and somehow we trick ourselves into thinking that God won't see the evil if we cover it up.
Perhaps what we need to do is revisit the happy times where humankind was not afraid to be naked in the presence of God. He's probably asking us "Where are you?" So let me ask you the same: where are you when you hear the presence of God? Are you hiding under a mountain of labels, making a fashion statement, wearing all kinds of hats? Or, are you naked, and not ashamed to be that way in His presence? God doesn't care about what you put on, he wants to know where you are when his presence is near. Don't hide, He made you! He knows exactly who you are and what you look like underneath your coverings.
Be blessed and shine truthfully!