A devotional thought from Ken Fentress for “Jesus Reflects”
Do you have any shameful secrets in your life? Are there sinful behaviors in your life that you have hidden? These are important questions for every Christian believer to face with honesty. How do we behave when no one else is watching?
Many professing Christians live in ways that are shameful and dishonoring to the Lord when they think no one else is around. It has been said that integrity is defined as doing what is right when no one else is watching. With this definition, do you have integrity?
In 2 Corinthians 4:2, Paul said, “We have renounced shameful secret things, not walking in deceit or distorting God’s message, but commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in God’s sight by an open display of the truth.”
Renouncing shameful secret things by walking in truth is the mark of a true Christian. People who profess to be Christians but walk in darkness are liars (1 John 1:6). They distort the message of the gospel by walking in shameful ways of darkness in their private lives. There is no place for shameful, deceitful living in the church. We must practice what we profess as Christians. If we do not practice the faith, we cannot possess the faith. If we do not live by the gospel, we cannot claim to believe the gospel.
The gospel calls all Christians to live by its principles of truth and integrity. We are to be doers of the Word, not merely hearers (Jas. 1:22-25). Do you desire to live by the truth of God’s Word in private as well as in public? Do you have a life that openly displays the truth about God?
Pause and Reflect
• How many Christians do you know who practice what they proclaim faithfully?
• How many professing Christians do you know who have secret lives when they are not at church?
• Have you renounced every shameful secret sin in your life? Will you do so now?