Years ago as a mother with three daughters we’d have secrets we shared with one another. They might be secrets about what we were going to get Dad for Christmas or his birthday, or a surprise birthday party for one of the girls or a trip we might be taking. We had one daughter who you did not tell secrets to. She just couldn’t keep them. It wasn’t because she was being mean; it was simply because she’d get so excited she couldn’t keep it. When we had something we wanted to keep quiet we would work hard not to let her know. She has a son who is the same way. You have someone in your family too; you are probably thinking about that person right now aren’t you?
There are different kinds of secrets. If you are keeping a secret that is harming you or someone else in some way or damaging you or them I urge you not to keep that secret any longer. Share your secret so you can get help or you can get help for them. Those are not secrets we want to keep.
Then there is the fun kind of secret; secrets like birthday parties, gifts and presents, trips, and the like. Those are the fun ones to keep. We don’t want to share the message, because we want the event to be a surprise. There is always a co-worker, friend or family member who gets so excited they just blurt it out.
Because of my young daughters my husband would get suspicious. He knew there was a mystery in the household, but he didn’t know what. Sometimes the person whom the secret is for gets a hint that something is going on, but they can’t figure out what it is so it becomes a mystery.
I found this gem in the Bible one day, “This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.” Colossians 1:26-29
Again I must mention I am not a theologian. What I understand from my Bible Studies Peter was an apostle to the Jews and Paul to the Gentiles. Paul was to share the Gospel with the Gentiles. So here Paul is telling us from a prison cell the secret is out. There is no mystery. It’s okay to share those things you know with others. So what exactly are we to share with others? Simple enough; the mystery or the secret is Christ is in each of us so we can look forward to spending time with God in glory or in Heaven to make it even simpler.
Who are we to share this message with? Again we go back to the scripture and he says everyone not the ones we decide we want to know, but everyone. It doesn’t matter about their background or their religious standing, whether they are rich or poor, whether we like them or whether we don’t we are to tell them the message that Christ lives in them. That Christ loves them and He’s waiting for them to come to Him and accept Him and live with Him in glory one day. How much simpler can it get?
Most secrets are not elaborate schemes or tough to understand and neither is this one. We are even to share this message with the ones who can’t keep a secret. We are to share this message with the ones who we don’t care if they show up for the party or not. It’s not our choice not to invite them. God wants everyone invited. The only way they will be invited is if we invite them; tell them the secret.
Stop and think about what would have happened if Paul hadn’t had his experience and Peter decided to keep the mystery and secret to himself and the Jews?
We all have worked somewhere or had an extended family member that we did not want at the big surprise party. So, we tried to keep the secret from them. They are left out of the big celebration. No one let them know what was going on. Now that’s fine for those who didn’t want him to come in the first place, but can you imagine his disappointment when he found out he was left out and didn’t get to celebrate with the others? Maybe you were that person that didn’t get the invite. You know how you felt. So why should this be any different? God has called us not to keep the mystery any longer, but to share it with others.
In Matthew 28 Jesus gives us the Great Commission, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Verses 18-20 How can the Great Commission every take place if we decide to keep it a mystery or a secret?
Some secretes are good to keep, but this scripture tells us not to keep the secret of Christ to ourselves. We are to share Christ with as many as we can as often as we can.
The secret is out and there is no longer a mystery, so what are you going to do? Will you tell one of the greatest secrets out there or will you keep it for yourself? Will you share it with everyone or just those you “think” deserve it? Will you purposefully leave someone out?
This secret is about a big party and God wants everyone invited; it’s up to us to invite them.
Dear God: I know its fun to keep secrets, but this time you have called me not to keep secrets, but to share what I know with others. Sometimes I have kept a secret from someone I didn’t want to show up, but you have instructed me to share this secret with everyone even those I think don’t deserve it or I don’t like. I am so thankful that Paul from his prison cell shared this scripture with us and cleared up the mystery. Thank you I was given the invitation to the big party. Let me go about inviting others and not keeping it secret. Amen.