GodReflection: God Shares His Secret
It was the best Christmas ever. I received a secret gift. You will not believe this but in the bottomless sack Santa carried down the chimney was a bicycle exactly like the one I had salivated over from the floor of White’s Auto.
The bright streak of lightening had all of the latest bells and whistles—front and rear lights, passenger seat, chain guard, whitewall tires, spring shocks, and stylish handlebars.
It was a gift. It was all mine.
Financially, it was out of my reach. Never could I have purchased it on my weekly (weakly) allowance. Funny thing, never once did I question if I was the sole owner. The gift was mine to use or abuse. I enjoy it completely.
Obviously, my bike didn’t compare to the unbelievable gifts God secured in His secret sack.
One of those secret gifts from before the creation would be given only through Christ. It too was free to me as the recipient.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:9-10).
God’s grace gift was held in secret prior to His love personified through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ (Ephesians 1:9).
The Hebrew people knew of God’s promise to send Messiah yet, their expectation of the messianic promise was limited and lacking.
Sidebar: I am probably ahead of myself at this point. However, it occurs to me I hold a least one bond of kinship to the Hebrew people. Although, I live further down on the historical timeline I too lack in a big way the comprehension and ramifications of the Holy.
Back to the gift.
I can’t help but think of the Apostle Paul’s joyful pen. He must have had goosebumps on his soul as he wrote:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8) [for] all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:24).
The process of writing this post causes me to reflect anew.
After a lifetime in an attempt to live before God I stand amazed at how often I need to gaze again at the cross to remind myself of God’s secret grace—it is indeed free. I don’t have to jump through human hoops of religion to stand justified before God.
The Secret gift is mine to use or abuse.
When I look into the mirror I see in myself the reflection of Jesus’ two story book characters—the tax collector and the sinner. Since I was diapered at church and learned from the cradle right from wrong, it is far too easy to list my good works and the times I have done right.
Yet, when I realize anew that I stand only because of God’s gift I too join with fellow sinners and declare, as goosebumps make their way across my own soul, “God is merciful to me a sinner.” An affirmation I can only make because I experience His once held secret of grace.
Because God announced His grace secret of Jesus’ mission to bring me into the family, I live forgiven of every—that’s every as in every—sin that has ever passed through my mind or has been committed through my life.
And, because of His grace secret I will spend a sinless eternity with Father, Son, and Spirit.
I suspect God wouldn’t mind if I shared His Grace secret far more often than I do—don’t you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Secret Grace