April 13 – Living Genuinely

1 Samuel 22-24 Luke 12:1-31

“Everything that is hidden will be shown, and everything that is secret will be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an inner room will be shouted from the housetops.” (Luke 12:2-3 NCV)

The more Jesus began to be surrounded by crowds, the lonelier He must have felt as He headed towards the cross. In this instance, people were trampling each other to get close to Jesus and hear His teaching on how to love their fellow human beings. Think about that irony. He talked about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees, but then reminded His disciples that there were no secrets. The truth will come out, so they needed to be genuine in their faith. If you try to hide things, if you try to keep things just between you and another person, someone will find out. If our lives don’t match what we say we believe, people will find out. That’s why we should be genuine about our faith in words and in deeds.

I don’t think Jesus was prophesying about the coming of Facebook or any other form of social media when He spoke these words. People don’t even try to keep secrets there. We know everything about them from their posts. I do think Jesus would laugh at the conspiracy theories of today, though. Charles Colson noted the inability of conspiracies to keep secrets when he pointed out that from the time that John Dean told President Nixon what was happening with Watergate, two weeks passed before the information made it to the public arena. This happened among some of the most powerful people in the world as they “‘fessed up” to save their own skins. He noted this as he talked about the power of the disciples after the Resurrection and the fact that all they never changed their story even under extreme pressure. The overall point is that we won’t keep secrets. Someone will tell what happened. Someone will “share a prayer request.” Our lives must reflect the Christ we follow. If people are surprised at the stories that others tell about us, let that surprise be that we lived what we believed and said. If our secret words are broadcast to the world, may they always be encouraging and uplifting.

Lord, the world needs genuine Christians to share Your mercy and grace. As I seek to share Your love with others, may others see me as a genuine follower of Jesus and be drawn to You.

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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