Keeping Secrets (Issue 1.29)


Originally Written for 3/31/09

It’s hard keeping secrets, especially good ones.  Several weeks ago Melissa’s mother and sister began planning a surprise baby shower for her, which happened this afternoon.  For the past several weeks, and especially the last couple of days with everyone in town, it’s been very difficult to not slip-up and say something to ruin the surprise.  As of now, though, everyone has left the house and the plan is under way – in about 15 minutes (or, when you’re reading this, about three hours ago), Melissa should walk into a friend’s house and hear “Surprise!”

Have you ever had a secret that you wanted to share but knew you couldn’t?  Perhaps it was a promotion at work that wasn’t public yet, or an award you were going to receive, or a birthday party you had planned…  In any case, whatever the event, you had to watch what you’d say because if you said the wrong thing you’d let the “cat out of the bag” and ruin the whole thing.

Except in one area.  Too often when it comes to sharing our faith we box it up and hide it so no one knows.  How come it’s so hard to keep the “Secret of the Baby Shower” but so easy to keep the “Secret to Eternal Life and True Contentment”?  Jeremiah says, “But if I say, ‘I will not mention [God] or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” (20:9)

I know this is a short devotional, but I’d like us to meditate on that verse some.  Why is it so easy to go to someone at work and share the most recent gossip on a colleague, but so difficult to run and share what God has taught us over the weekend?  Why is it hard to keep the secret of the sin someone’s doing but easy to keep the secret of the forgiveness offered the sinner?

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 8:38).  When people come in contact with you do they find the spring that shoots forth living water, or do they find it shooting something else?  Maybe it’s time to begin sharing your “secret”.

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