Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Day When Secrets Are No More

This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
Romans 2:16

Mankind has always gone to great lengths to cover our tracks, to hide our iniquities, to keep our secrets. But no man keeps anything secret from God, and Scripture says that there will come a day when all the secrets of men will be brought to light.

It is good for us to be reminded that...
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. (Luke 12:2-3)
Imagine all the backroom dealings that will be revealed! Ever bribe, every illicit affair, every single cover up since the beginning of the world will be laid bare. On that day I imagine shame raining down from the heavens on all mankind. For even the impulse to keep these things a secret condemns us. Why should we conceal our behavior unless our conscience has already sat in judgment on our case and ruled against us filling us with shame? There is a saying, "the cover up is almost always worse than the crime." I can't help but think that this statement will ring true on that day. 

What secrets are you keeping? What will we find out about you? 

All of us have acted shamefully. All of us have secrets that we do not want to be made known, but there is only one way to cover all our shameful acts: the blood of Jesus! Plead the blood of Jesus over your shame anew today. Repent of your sins and put them off. Flee from the shame of sin and cling to the shame of the cross (see Hebrews 12:2 on "the shame of the cross"). As Christ changes us by degrees into His image, we will start keeping new secrets. So that the secrets that will be revealed about us on that day will be our secret gifts to the poor (Matthew 6:4), our secret times of prayer (Matthew 6:6), and our secret fasting (Matthew 6:18).

Oh, to be one of these redeemed who are cloaked in redemption by their secret deeds and by the blood of Christ even as shame rains down on evil men and women the world over. Lord, let me be counted among the redeemed!

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