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How often do I act like God is a secret? Unfortunately, more than I want to admit.

I take credit when people compliment me for things He has done. I don’t tell others how has healed me. I don’t mention that I am a new being in Him. I don’t credit Him for the wonderful and amazing world He has given us. I don’t mention that God is a good mood. I don’t acknowledge that God is God.

Here are some common ways I act like God is a secret.

  • Being quiet when I should speak up.
  • Going along with the crowd.
  • Denying that Jesus is the light of the world.
  • Letting missing God’s goal for my life to dim my light.
  • Not explaining my light to others.
  • Ignoring the needs of others.

Jesus is direct. Don’t act like God is a secret.

May it be so as Jesus said. May I be a beacon of truth. May my light shine clearly and boldly.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:14 The Message)