I don’t think I’ve ever written a series of articles before. Kevin Martineau does awesome ones all the time but me… I don’t really have the patience!
I feel a series is necessary though on the subject of secrets. Yesterday I talked about postsecret.com and how the popularity of it shows how many people have secret pain that they need an outlet for. Read yesterday’s post here.
What I want to talk about today though is a little different – it’s a dirty little secret that many Christians carry around with them and never tell anyone and I want to expose it to the world right now… here goes:
JESUS IS MY SAVIOUR AND FRIEND AND I LOVE HIM!!!!!
It’s a secret!
At least, many, if not most, of us act like it is!
We tend to try to cover up our dirty little secret in one of three ways:
1) We just don’t say anything at all and hope that no-one ever says anything to us about it so we don’t have to try to find a way to deny it or cover it up without actually lying.
2) We act all religious and tell people about all the rules they have to follow while pretending that we follow them too. All the time hoping that people will just follow the rules and never actually ask about the secret we’re hiding.
3) We become televangelists because we know no-one ever watches those shows so no one will ever know.
Am I right?
If I went into your place of work and I told people there that you are a Christian, that you have a relationship with Jesus where he calls you ‘friend’ and that you are deeply in love with him would they believe me? Would your co-workers be shocked? Would you run and hide under a desk?
How about if I asked the people behind the counter at Starbucks or McDonald’s or wherever it is that you shop the most?
How about if I asked your family. Your spouse? Your kids?
We are told to shine our light before all men (Matthew 5:16).
Why? So “that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven”, according to Jesus.
1 Peter 3:15 says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I have been asking over and over again “do people see any hope in us?”
Dan Edelen talked about this the other day when he wondered when the last time was that a complete stranger walked up to him and talked to him about Jesus. He also wrote some pretty amazing posts on the beauty of the Church.
Really though. Do we actually live like we love Jesus and are truly excited about it? Are we overflowing with our excitement and thankfulness for all that God has done for us?
It would be wrong to be so bouncy and in-your-face that people are put off of seeking after God because they don’t want to become wacky weirdo’s like us, but there must be some middle ground somewhere.
I find it interesting that Jesus told many people who he healed not to say anything to anyone – and they ran off and told everyone anyway but then when he tells us to tell the world about him, we keep our mouths firmly closed.
Is being a child of God your deep, dark secret that you are keeping from everyone? Or are you being a light to the world?