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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all.”—Luke 12:2 (NLT)
“Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets are for everyone.” This popular rhyme, usually uttered by children or nosey adults who want to get the dirt, is not entirely out of line. The truth is that often, no matter how hard we try to keep something hidden or covered up, the beans will be spilled, the cat will rip through that bag . . . the secret will be revealed for everyone to know.
In today’s verse, Jesus confirms this for us. In context, Jesus is talking about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, who constantly acted pious and holy and turned their noses up at everyone else—even though they were just as sinful as the people they constantly tore down. But this applies to us, too!
Whether we want them to or not, all our secrets—all the moments of hypocrisy and sinfulness—will be revealed eventually. All will be laid bare on the table for all to see . . . no matter how hard we try to hide them.
Consider what happened to Jonah. In Jonah 1:7 (NIV), it says, “Then the sailors said to each other, ‘Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.’ They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.” The results of Jonah’s sins were negatively affecting the sailors. They didn’t understand why they had fallen on such calamity, but Jonah did. His sin followed him and was eventually revealed, and he ended up suffering the consequences as they threw him overboard.
So, what should we do with this knowledge? How should we live knowing that all will be revealed? Simply said, “Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27 NIV). Don’t do anything privately that you wouldn’t want exposed publicly. Don’t be a different person in private than you are in public.
And when you do make mistakes, when you do fall (and believe me, you will), don’t keep it secret for fear of being found out. Instead, heed the words of the apostle James in James 5:16 (NIV): “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Be honest and transparent with God, repent when you sin, and have friends who will hold you accountable.
DIG: Read Luke 12 and Philippians 1.
DISCOVER: Does your public image match your private life? If not, do you ever think about what would happen if the truth got out? How does that make you feel? Does it cause you to reconsider your actions? How have you seen this play out in the lives of others who were two-faced?
DISPLAY: If you don’t already have one, find an accountability partner. You should be able to confide in this person and be transparent with your struggles, habits, and hang ups. If you already have one, circle back with them and discuss how things are going. Have some honest conversations, share what’s been going on with you, and ask if there’s anything you can help them with as well
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.