WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
“And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Matthew 6:4 ESV
Four preachers met for a friendly gathering. During the conversation one preacher said, “Our people come to us and pour out their hearts, confess certain sins and needs. Let’s do the same. Confession is good for the soul.” In due time all agreed. One of them said that he had a problem with losing his temper on occasion. The second confessed he liked to gamble and the third one confessed to liking golf so much that he would fake being sick so he could play on Sundays. When it came to the fourth one, he wouldn’t confess. The others pressed him saying, “Come now, we confessed ours. What is your secret or vice?” Finally he answered, “It is gossiping and I can hardly wait to get out of here to tell someone what I heard.”
Most of the time when we think about keeping something a secret it is something bad. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught there are some good secrets we should keep. Jesus taught we should have some secret prayers, secret giving and secret fasting in our lives. As we have looked at all week, we can be tempted to do good things simply for the approval of others and that is ultimately unfulfilling.
Are there any secrets you have that would create problems if they were found out? Ask God’s help in resolving any of those unresolved secrets that need to be done away with. Are there any things you are doing in secret for God that are a blessing? Do something good today without letting anyone else know about it except God and see what it does for your heart.