This is a revamp of a blog post from 2011. For some reason I feel someone needed to hear this again.
We’re going to try an experiment this week. I want you to write down every sin you commit, whether it’s giving a hand gesture while stuck in traffic, using foul language, griping about the checkout line, etc. On Sunday I want you to show it to your pastor or deacon of your church. No way, you say.
That’s okay. I just wanted to prove a point. We have a habit of acting different in front of our church than our families and friends.
We all have things we hid. The last thing we want is for our church family to know we read erotica or watch porn on our computers. Basically, we’re hiding what we’re doing. We live in the dark, afraid to shine a light on our activities.
We forget that no matter who we’re fooling, we’re not fooling God. He sees everything we do and knows everything in our hearts.
Since the beginning people have been trying to hide their sins from God. It all started with Adam. Genesis 3:9-10 it says, But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid”. Adam knew by eating the forbidden fruit, he’d done something wrong. It didn’t do any good for him to hide because God knew where to find him.
God knows where to find you too.
But you can rely on God to give you forgiveness if you do something you shouldn’t. Ask the Lord to help you with your strongest weakness and you’ll receive it. That’s the benefit of a loving father. He wants to help.
Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness. ― Anne Frank
If you have to change your name to write something you’re embarrassed for others to read, then maybe you shouldn’t write it in the first place. If you can’t tell your church friends about that man you live with, maybe you shouldn’t be with him. And if you can’t tell your Bible study group about the movies you’re watching, you shouldn’t be watching them.
Stop hiding what you’re doing. Shine a light on every one of your activities, both inside and outside the church. That is the best way to see if you should be doing what you’re doing. Only then can you feel God’s light fully shine on your life.
I know I’d hate to have my minister sitting next to me in heavy traffic. How about you? What is something you keep hidden in the dark?
Also, if you or someone you know are in need of prayer this week, please let us know. We’d be more than happy to pray for you.
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