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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Hidden Life - 2

Of the few photos of my childhood that have survived, one stands out. It's of an angelic three-year old with an impish grin and holding a little stick. I had obviously been up to no good, because my eyes were closed, in the false belief that no one would see me.

I have grown up since of course, but that trait has still lingered on. I'm sure that in my workplace, whilst attending church services or out with friends, there have been some who may have thought, 'what a nice man!' Maybe that's what I wanted them to see? But perhaps that 'nice man' needed to ask himself the questions, "What am I like when there is no one to see? What do I do in secret when I am all alone?"

There is of course One who sees all and sees us as we really are and His name is Jesus. He is always present. He sees the fears and doubts that surface when we are all alone. He sees the unhealthy habits or lingering illicit glances, in the hope of false comfort. He sees the envious desires for another's popularity, achievements or belongings.

It's this hidden life that really counts, not what others may perceive or think of us. It's how we respond that determines our true character. The fact that He sees all is challenging, but if we really believe, it is also a tremendous comfort.

"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." Colossians 3:3 New International Version

5 comments :

  1. Mike said...

    'Who are you when no'one's looking?' Good post.

  2. valerie lynn said...

    What is done in secret will always be revealed. God knows all and sees all. We think He doesn't and we are only fooling ourselves when we think this way. Great writing my friend. Blessings

  3. Bible Devotions said...

    You have raised a good point!

    What I like most about it is how you balance it out in the end. That is, you went from disclosing a God who is able to see what we do behind closed doors to revealing that because He can see everything that we do, it ought to be a comfort to us.

    And it is comforting to know this, because it helps us to see that we are not alone, but that God is with us wherever we are, not to condemn, but to increase our strength, and thus give us victory over temptation if we but call on Him for help.

  4. Channelofhealing said...

    It's this hidden life that really counts, not what others may perceive or think of us. It's how we respond that determines our true character
    OH YES THAT IS IT!!!

    Godbless

  5. Isaiah said...

    Well said, mate. I think we only think of hiding when we know we've done something wrong. It is indeed comfort when we know that the Lord our God sees all and is in control!