Let me suggest a new reality show. It is called "Totally
Nude". Let us suppose that you are kidnapped, mugged and robbed.
Your wallet and everything in it is taken away ... your credit cards, your
driver's license, and all other personal id. In fact, it is a complete
identity thief. All record of your past existence erased. All the
clothes that would identity you are taken away. You find yourself
in a strange country where people speak a language that you don't know.
You look in the mirror and all your identifying characteristics
have been removed. You don't even recognize yourself. Your degree of education
no longer exists. Your job, your position, and your ministry, all
have evaporated. You no longer have a family, church, or friends.
Your past accomplishments, successes, failures, and hurtful experiences
are all gone. There is nothing left on earth to prove that you ever existed.
What would you have left? You are, in one sense, totally nude.
Paul wrote in Philippians 3:8, "Yea doubtless, and I count all
things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my
Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them
but dung, that I may win Christ." If all your identity in the world
is taken away, you can still have the most important thing, Jesus Christ.