Undercover or Uncovered
We do a lot to keep things covered. Clothing, make up, curtains, sunscreen. Being properly covered is a smart idea this time of year, when the sun is hot and you are pasty like me!
We often wonder how much we should uncover about ourselves. Fear of being hurt, exposed, or rejected can rule us when sharing something personal. Our culture perpetuates our fears by blasting the latest scandals and cover-ups, nit picking the lives of the famous. The less we are known, the less we can be exposed. BUT, the less we are known, the lonelier we are.
Transparency can be a scary idea when we think of all the junk that lies under our perfect spit-shined exteriors. But Jesus has a better way than being under-cover: we are called to live spiritually uncovered. He calls us the light of the world. He charges us not to hide the light, but put it in proper view.
Why? Because God gets glorified when others see it is Him working in and through us. When the disguise is removed, it's not our failings that are highlighted, but Jesus' redeeming of it all!
Ways to Live Uncovered
1. Be honest. When your sin and flaws are not hidden, you can point to how Jesus is covering and redeeming them for good.
"But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light."
1 Peter 2:9
2. Be shiny. Gladly share how God is blessing, teaching and sanctifying you. It is not us, but God doing the work in and through us. No one can boast in themselves but in Christ alone. We are like a transparent glass lamp, housing the light of Jesus.
"No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house."
3. Be humble. J.I. Packer describes this as "knowing and keeping the place God has appointed for [you]." John the Baptist knew his role, and when the time came, he pointed to Jesus. He realized he need to make God greater in his life to truly be humble. We can do this whether we are leading up front or sweeping the mess up from behind the scenes.
"He [Jesus] must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less."
John 3:30 NLT
Are you a Christian under-cover, or uncovered?
See You In The Round!
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