DayBreaks for 06/11/13 – The Secret Things

DayBreaks for 06/11/13 – The Secret Things

secretLuke 8:17 (NLT) – For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

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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DayBreaks for 10/05/12 – Buried In Plain Sight

DayBreaks for 10/05/12 – Buried In Plain Sight

Sometimes no one ever really knows what lurks beneath until things get a good shake. An April earthquake in the region of the Solomon Islands shook loose a World War II torpedo boat which had rested on the ocean floor for over 60 years. The boat’s hull was intact—explosives and all. A bomb unit was deployed to detonate the torpedoes safely.

Experts believe the PT boat is just one of many pieces of military wreckage that pepper the coastline of the islands. This piece is particularly fascinating in that it’s the same variety of military craft U.S. President John F. Kennedy commanded.

Jay Waura of the National Disaster Management Office said, “We were amazed by this finding, as previously this wreckage had long been sitting under the sea and rusting in peace without anyone knowing about it.”

Luke 8:17 – For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.

There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed.  We like to believe in exceptions – and in particular that WE are the exception to the rule.  But Jesus is clear: “There is NOTHING hidden that will not be disclosed…”

Whatever things we are trying to hide from the sight of the Lord are clearly visible to Him now…and they will be made visible to all one day.  I don’t like that.  If you don’t like it either, then we should change how we live.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, I pray that your Presence will continually remind us that all shall one day be revealed!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 04/11/12 – There Should Be No Hiding

DayBreaks for 04/11/12 – There Should Be No Hiding

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 4/9/02:

Luke 8:47 – “Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.

Much has been said and much has been written about this story of the healing of the bleeding woman.  I’ve taught about it, written about it and preached about it.  And as with all things from God’s great Word, we can always gain a new and fresh insight.  Such is the case now.

I’d never really focused on the second phrase of this story: “…seeing that she could not go unnoticed…”.  I’d imagined that this woman, like anyone who has purposely and literally reached out and touched someone famous, she wished she hadn’t, or at the very least, that she’d been much more careful so that her touch hadn’t been noticed.

But now, she could forget about that.  Jesus had noticed.  No matter how hard she wanted to blend into the throngs surrounding Christ, she couldn’t.  She realized that she had been noticed, and that she couldn’t hide.

Here’s the lesson, as noted by Calvin Miller: “When God begins to touch our lives there should be no hiding.  Open confession, and not anonymity, is the business of the church.  Who are we to declare ourselves anonymous in lieu of Jesus’ great benediction, ‘Blessed are you when men hate you and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil.”  (Luke 6:22)  Miller continues: “We never see any evidence of the church being a place to be comfortable while those who go there remain unchanged.  Nor are we anywhere commanded to major on church growth at the expense of truth and commitment and confession.

As a believer in Jesus, not only have you reached out to touch God, but God touched your life first.  What is your reaction?  Do you, knowing you have been in contact with the Almighty God, shrink back, wishing you could be unnoticed – wishing that your life could go back into anonymity and you could become a wall flower in the middle of a corrupt and sinful world?  It is not an option that is acceptable to God.  It is not a position that we should seek.

It is time to step forward.  There should be no more hiding of Christians and their Christianity.

PRAYER: Let us step boldly into Your Presence and then step boldly into Your world to be Your message and likeness bearers!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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