Read Luke 12 here or click on the speaker icon below to listen to it.
Jesus says that nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. NOTHING is covered up. NOTHING is hidden. NOTHING stays in the dark. NOTHING remains whispered only in private rooms. ALL things will be revealed, made known, heard, and even proclaimed on the housetops.
If we are honest, we all have secrets. Some may even be pressed so deep within us that we think they are forever concealed. There are some things we only do in the “dark.” Whispers, untruths, unkind thoughts, hidden desires, impure motives, rebellious attitudes toward someone or something. Some things we do in the dark because we want to do them, and some things we don’t even want to do…they have a hold on us. Even Paul declared, “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” Romans 7:19-20
But God knows and sees everything. Nothing is hidden from Him. Not our actions in the dark, or even our thoughts. And you know what else? That thing that was done to you that no one knows about…God knows. It isn’t hidden. That person that seems to have gotten away with it…God knows. It isn’t in the dark.
These two verses follow Jesus telling His disciples, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Trying to conceal sin really is the essence of hypocrisy. So not only are we rotting in a sin we are trying to dismiss or keep in the dark, but we are piling hypocrisy on top of it…the thing Jesus condemns more than anything else. It is the leaven; the thing that seems small and insignificant, but spreads and radically changes the entire composition.
As hard as it may be, we need to bring some things to the light and then send them on their way. We need to acknowledge what God already knows with a truly repentant heart, asking for His power to turn and never look back. We don’t have to feel condemned or hopeless as we step out of the dark places. He is patiently waiting for us. He already knows, and He has already paid for it with the blood of His Son. He already knows, and He loves us so much.
Jesus tells us not to be anxious and fearful; He tells us we are fearing the wrong things. God is the One who provides…and the One who determines where we spend eternity. He tells us not to store up earthly things that have no long term value, but instead, we should be rich toward God. For everyone who has been given much, much will be required. Store up things that matter.
We must be ready…our lights burning…dressed and ready for action. Jesus will return at an hour we do not expect. Division will come…even among families as the day draws near for the return of Jesus. Settle accounts. Be ready.
Are you ready? Where and how will Jesus find you when He returns?
Are there things you are hiding in the dark that need to come to the light? Pray for God to reveal these things to you and to give you the courage to bring them to Him.