DayBreaks for 06/11/13 – The Secret Things
Jesus is concerned about our secrets. We keep the truth from ourselves, from others and most impossibly of all, we try to keep secrets from God, who has promised that every secret thing will be made visible.
There is real debate about what the day of Judgment will be like for Christians. On one hand we have this verse and on the other are verses that suggest God has forgiven/forgotten our sin and will not hold it against us. I honestly don’t know what it will be like – nor does anyone else, but let me ask: how do you feel about the idea that your sins may all be revealed? Ashamed? Does it seem that it would be humiliation? And what about the promise that “The one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (1 Pet. 2:6)
If every hidden thing is to be revealed, it seems our shame would be immense! Once again, right or wrong, Max Lucado makes an interesting point: “If the hidden is known and the secret is shown, won’t I be embarrassed beyond recovery? No, you won’t. Here is why…Shame is a child of self-centeredness. Heaven’s occupants are not self-centered, they are Christ-centered. You will be in your sinless state. The sinless don’t protect a reputation or project an image. You won’t be ashamed. You’ll be happy to let God do in heaven what He did on earth – be honored in your weaknesses. Heads bowed in shame? No. Heads bowed in worship? No doubt. By the way, won’t it feel good to have it all out in the open? No more games. No more make-believe. No more cover-ups…The result will be the first genuine community of forgiven people. Only one is worthy of the applause of heaven, and he’s the one with the pierced hands and feet.”
In When Christ Comes, by Max Lucado, Max says: “The secrets of sinners and saints alike? Yes, but – and this is essential – the sins of the saved will be revealed as forgiven sins.” What would be the purpose of revealing the sins of everyone? For the sinner – their sins must be revealed so that their judgement will be seen to be fair. For the saved – their sins will be revealed so that God’s grace will be revealed.
Time magazine carried a story about a new phone service that that people could call and pay to have someone listen to their confessions. That line received as many as 10,000 calls per day.
Why would someone call a confession hot line and pay to have someone hear them confess the deepest and darkest secrets in their lives? I am not sure, but I think it probably has something to do with the human heart and how hard it is for the heart to bear up indefinitely under the weight of our hidden sin and shame.
But there is another reason that has been suggested, too: it is the one place where people could turn and know that they go to vent out their guilt and be guaranteed that no one would judge them for their evil. There seems to be some craving in us and at some level, we know the truth does, as Jesus said, set us free – even from our own shame.
The point of revealing secrets won’t be to make sure everyone knows every salacious detail. It isn’t to shame us. Because we are all sinners – because we all have hidden sinful secrets – the focus won’t be on our sins. None of us will have anything to brag about or be prideful at all. The focus will be on His grace – not my sin! My sins will appear as nothing compared to the greatness of His grace and mercy!
PRAYER: Father, we don’t want to be ashamed, yet we are when we think of our sin being found out. We want to believe we have kept secrets from not just others, but You. Help us see the folly of our thinking and correct our lives! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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