The Secret I Must Share


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

garyguaruja“It’s a girl” or “it’s a boy” is shouted with joy and great excitement to family, friends and strangers. The secret is out. It cannot be held.

Secrecy and elation wrap gifts meant to surprise those we love.

share4Carefully calculated cameras reveal a secret from jumbo stadium screens to catch an unsuspected recipient off guard. A ring is presented and the question: “Will you marry me?” is popped.

The young lady screams and bounces with excitement. The world now knows. The secret is no longer held.

The Gospels burst with announcement, excitement and celebration as they reveal God’s secret plan through Jesus to make available forgiveness, salvation and Holy friendship to us flawed and sin filled creatures.

The surprise was that Jesus would come to stand in the place of my sin so that I can stand next to God.

share8The Gospel of Luke shares stories Jesus told that characterize people’s reaction to the salvation secret with celebration.

When the secret of total and complete forgiveness was revealed, parties broke out.

When the lost were found friends and neighbors came together to rejoice, feast, and celebrate with dancing and music.

Jesus states:In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

I could fill this space with those I’ve met whose hearts seem to almost explode with gratefulness because Jesus transformed their lives with secret grace held by God up until their “now.”

share13Francisco, a friend remembered with warmth comes to mind. He has since crossed over where he will receive his eternal reward.

Francisco heard the salvation secret. He couldn’t keep it to himself.

It was a secret he had to share. In the spirit of Jesus’ rejoicing stories, shortly after his baptism, he chartered three or four busses to bring  friends together for a great party to celebrate. He had to tell them all of his good fortune.

I lament that I’m not more like my friend Francisco. Truth is I’m not the party type. Perhaps, it is being a genuine introvert. However, I do wish I were more exuberant in my ability to share the secret.

share2But here is what I know.

I am super grateful for God’s grace, Jesus sacrifice and my forever canceled sin debt.

I am at peace in the knowledge that the Spirit of God walks with me throughout the day and stands with me each night as He lives in my deteriorating body.

I await with great anticipation the reality of a new heaven and a new earth.

I look forward to intensified blessings and total freedom from all of life’s wretch. All of which is party and celebration worthy.

Maybe I can at least be a window God can use to show others His love so that they can throw their own parties.

Let me close this series of posts by one more remembrance of Paul’s description of the Divine Secret found in his letter to the Ephesians:

share9For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.

In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,

God did what He had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan He had already decided to complete by means of Christ.

This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.

All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be His own people in union with Christ because of His own purpose, based on what He had decided from the very beginning (Ephesians 1:4-11).

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

My Reflection on The Secret I Must Share

http://www.GodReflection.org  Gary@GodReflection.org

Secret Earth Walk


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

garyguarujaMy parents taught me how to navigate the streets of our hometown.

Firsts, by repeated routes in our old car or work truck, then by parental permission of discovery with my bicycle.

My Grandpa and the Boy Scouts taught me about the four compass points. For Grandpa, as long as his old chevy and the road was pointed in his predetermined compass direction life was good. Scouts used merit badges to teach me how to follow that same wiggly needle.

My dad taught me how to read roadmaps that were usually given free at gasoline stations.

walk9Not long after my twenty-first birthday at the end of the Junior year in college, I loaded my baby blue Ford Mustang with all possessions—roadmaps included—and navigated the southern Interstate routes from Abilene, Texas to Boston, Massachusetts.

The returned to the New Mexico desert was plotted by a northern interstate route that took me through Indianapolis, St. Louis and Tulsa.

walk1.jpgEach journey built on cumulative experiences prepared me for a move to the mega-city Sao Paulo, Brazil at age twenty-two. There the maze of streets was so extensive that maps took  the form of a thick book, O Guia São Paulo. In size, it was more like Genesis to Revelation.

I find my early life of direction acquisition to be a wonderful analogy of my earth walk under the canopy of the Holy.  It too was a learned navigation experience.

From cradle to adolescent baptism, to family and church I was provided basic instruction in Holy Compass Points.

walk14I did not emerge from baptismal waters ready to read topographical Spirit walk maps.

However, there was a God-secret about map reading I didn’t understand at the time. In fact, it took more years than I would like to admit to learn the secret to navigate my earth walk.

There is an aspect of how to earth walk that perhaps I knew intellectually but only now can I see with greater clarity.

Let me explain.

In the one of the first two blog posts of early September 2012, I observed that the years of my life walk took on three phases: learning, doing and being.

walk10Over my prime “doing years,” God used the gifts He issued to me, for my own growth and for His advancement into the lives of others.

In His graciousness, He allowed me to feel as if I was a player who brought talent to His game plan.

Here is my new aha. Here is what I now see with greater clarity.

No longer am I a sharp tool. The once honed edges are now worn. So, at the sunset of my walk12walk I judge my effectiveness as minimal.

As this old earth body continues to wear, tear and disintegrate, I am less and less of a problem solver. There is very little I can do to discover solutions  (as if there ever was under my own steam).

As Moses said to the Hebrews so I say to my earth walk: “You are too heavy of a burden for me to carry alone” (Deuteronomy 1:9).

I now see with greater clearness the secret gift of life navigation that God issued to me at my baptism. The Holy Spirit really does live within and in fact does guide my life walk.

This is my current game plan.

Throughout the day and night, I rehearse with the Creator my daily unsolvable concerns. And leave it to His Spirit to run the plays. Sure, I feel concern. Yes, worry has less and less of a presence. Don’t tell anyone—it’s our secret—God shared it with me.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on Secret Earth Walk 

Gary@GodReflection.org     www.GodReflection.org  www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

The Secret Body


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret—We are Body

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) “. . . for we are members of his body”. (Ephesians 5:30)

garyguarujaJesus, on the eve of his crucifixion spoke of his body gift for the disciples. I doubt that any of them had a clue at that point what he meant.

I wonder who the first person was to use the body analogy? The apostle Paul was the first to express it in written form but I wonder if he heard it from fellow apostles or from Jesus himself? Perhaps, it was a Spirit inspired idea given directly to him.

Doctor Luke, as he summarizes Jesus post resurrection activity cites from his eyewitness research: He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

body22I am curious how much Jesus told them as he spoke about the kingdom of God? Did he tell them about his plans for his church that would cover the face of the earth? Did he tell them that his body would remain on the planet in the form of his church?

It was a secret held by the Holy for thousands upon thousands of years.

The revelation came shortly after the ascension. The Godhead announced the body secret with the prelude of a loud roaring wind sound and with flames aglow above the body12head of each disciple as a visual aid.

Before it was all over  three thousand men and women repented of their sin, identified with the Son of God, and submitted their lives to Jesus through the death, burial and resurrection in baptismal waters.

And . . . Viola! The church appeared. It was them and they were it.

Twenty-plus years later—for the first time in Scripture—the apostle Paul uses the analogy of the body as a visual for this ever-expanding assembly.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Romans 12:4-6)

Yes, to be clear he wants all of us who make up the church to understand, you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

body15And, our corporate body has only one head the risen Christ who is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)

I don’t know if Paul was the first to share the secret that the church—you and I—are the body of Christ. However, I have to believe it is a shear genius idea from the Holy.

Here is what I think:

It doesn’t matter if I am a big toe or a little pinkie. I am body. I am to function as designed. It is not my role to judge you or your function. I am a vital part of the whole body4just as you are a vital part of the whole. I united with you and you are united with me because we both belong to Jesus.

The body operates with cleansing blood. When any member of the body aches, I feel the pain.  At any given time, a portion of the body hurts and so do other members. Through Jesus the body is always in the process of healing.

The big toe and little pinkie are united by the Holy Spirit. When one pumps Jesus-blood it flows from a healthy member toward another member. Together we are a work of art. Together we grow in wisdom and understanding. Together we grow toward immortality.

body14The headline for all to read is that the secret body functions as one unit because Jesus is the head. Whatever function I may have I am not the head. Only the Christ functions in that role.

The head too is part of the body. My role is to seek to know what the head is thinking and march in unity with those thoughts.

Fortunately, the Gospels show me his thought process.

I want to tune in as a body member.  The head thinks forgiveness. The head generates love. The head serves and wants me to follow in his steps.

The head values peace. As the big toe or little pinkie, I’m not to be jealous because your body17function is the smile or the beautiful eyes. We are both holy because Christ leads.

The former body of Jesus was broken for me. With him as my head and my example, I am willingly broken for others. With him as the head we are to function out of a spirit of thanksgiving.

And just think, His invitation remains open to join His secret body.

Yep, I have to believe it is a shear genius secret direct from the Holy.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret Body

Gary@GodReflection.org   www.GodReflection.org  www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

 

 

I Believe What You Believe


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret on Unity

garyguarujaI would sometime joke when asked how to raise funds for a Non-Profit Organization: “It’s easy just begin by telling a prospective donor, ‘I believe what you believe.’” Obviously, a person of integrity would never make such an assumption nor believe such an outlandish declaration.

Because each human being is wired and gifted by the Creator as a one-of-a- kind creation and is formed differently through years of unique experiences no two people believe exactly alike.

unity3So how is it possible to live in unity with another person who cannot mirror my belief system—much less attempt unity with millions of individuals who claim to follow a man called Jesus? Especially, when each one differs in the details of the life and worship of a Christ follower.

In Jesus’ last garden prayer, he prayed for the unity of all believers:

Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one . . . I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:11&23)

In one sense his prayer was answered, in another sense it was not.

unity17His church stands unified in belief of Creator God. We share unity in our affirmation that Jesus is the Christ.

The church is in agreement that Jesus is the only means of salvation and we his disciples are his ambassadors to all the earth.

The church is united on belief in the death, burial, resurrection of Jesus and the hope found only in him.

Should I take the time and the space to do so, I’m sure I could compile a rather long list to demonstrate the unity and “oneness” we now experience as a fulfillment of Jesus’ John chapter seventeen prayer.

unity26However, we sin when we divide his body into rival church tribes, apply the war paint and throw spears and Satanic missiles at other Christ followers.

When I catch myself in this posture I stand as a roadblock to Jesus’ prayer.

It concerns me when I find myself as a participant in disunity through my own likes, dislikes and prejudices. I am ashamed when I promote a lack of Christ-like behavior by a commitment to my own unbiblical opinions.

unity22I would like to think I am making progress in being less of a disharmonizing person.

It continues to be an enigma to me how on the one hand I know we are all wired differently and think differently and then on the other hand expect others to embrace my opinions as their own.

Could it be that one purpose God has for our walk on earth is to help us gain wisdom in failures; and gain joy in our successes when we see Jesus’ garden prayer being fulfilled in small ways?

Could it be that a primary purpose of my walk on earth is to learn how to, make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3) so that I can look forward to my next life when unity is the natural Holy-state of all eternity?

unity8I have a current role within God’s revealed secret of His desire for unity. I am to LEARN and to LEAN on His Spirit to be a man of peace.

In my struggle to do so, I am to share with my fellow travelers the secret of peace and unity found in Jesus. A secret learned and expressed through compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

And, all of that because He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and unity16blameless in his sight . . . God did what He had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan He had already decided to complete by means of Christ.

This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head (Ephesians 1).

And, Jesus’ garden prayer will be answered in full.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret of Unity

Gary@GodReflection.org     www.GodReflection.org

The Secret of Light


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

garyguarujaIn the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains there it was.

Desert whirlwinds were a common sight. But this one was different it was black with a whirlpool vortex that reached upward beyond sight. What made it spectacular was the fact it was formed by bats.

light1I grew up twenty-eight miles northeast of The Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Thus, I’d heard of the legendary cowboy Jim White who had first witnessed the bat whirlwind.

Curiosity won out and he traced the source to the largest hole in the ground he had ever seen. Today it enjoys National Monument status.

Those days of June 1901 must have been filled with fear and with excitement as he explored the massive dark hole.

He describes his first trip:

light6“Standing at the entrance of the tunnel I could see ahead of me a darkness so absolutely black it seemed a solid. The light of my lantern was but a sickly glow.”

light17After hours of exploration he records a moment of near panic:

“The oil in my lantern had given out, and the flame curled up and died. It seemed as through a million tons of black wool descended upon me. The darkness was so dense it seemed smothering—choking me.”

I tour the now developed cavern on many occasions as a young boy. In the earlier years—backed with the confidence of Thomas Edison’s lightbulb—the Park Rangers would seat the tour participants and turn out the lights. For a moment, we shared Jim White’s “smothering darkness.”

Light is a welcomed and known commodity. From our sun, we receive both illumination and warmth.

light11Moon, stars, wicks, candles, lanterns and lightbulbs light up the night to keep shadows and fear at a safe distance.

It seems perfect and appropriate that God who created sunlight, starlight and moonlight selected light as a descriptive metaphor for Jesus the Son.

Humankind lived in self-imposed darkness for thousands of years while God held a secret through the ages—His very own Son would break into history as THE LIGHT of the world.

light15How can I comprehend the full voltage of the Light that illuminates the entire world?

That previously hidden light now enlightens life and shines into hell itself to expose and eliminate death as it shines forth eternal life (2 Timothy 1:10).

The Apostle John describes Jesus as life defined as light. The Christ was no less than “the light of all mankind” (John 1:4).

It is the “light that gives light to everyone” (John 1:9).

Jesus revealed in his own personhood God’s secret. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

And so, I live on earth while “darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8).

light16And as I watch the light reach across the globe I live for the eternal day when “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). 

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret of Light 

Gary@GodReflection.org     www.GodReflection.org

www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

The Secret to Life


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

He [Christ] was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake (1 Peter 1:20).

garyguarujaI could not have asked for better growing up years. Sure, there were bumps along the way but I was a dreamer.

It was almost like from day one I knew the basic direction I was to point and follow the compass.

Obviously, there are countless areas where a young dreamer is clueless.

life1So here I stand as the sunsets. I gaze into my rearview mirror and without a doubt I would place at the top of my “dreamer clueless list” as all-time number one: life is hard.

My life’s trail memories are far too crisp of death, hurts, pain, loss, difficult relationships and betrayals.

Like everyone of God’s created children my trials list could continue.

It seems with each measurable distance along life’s walk the trail rises while the rocks increase their sharp edges and become more numerous.

I want to remember the grand secret while I walk.

life14It is not that the rocks will become smooth and the trail will morph onto flat calm meadows.

The secret planned before the beginning of time is that Jesus would come to show me how to live as I walk.

The secret is Christ not only brought life—but immortality. The Apostle Paul tells me:

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).

Ok, I’ll admit that is rather lofty language for a guy born in the New Mexico desert who tries to make sense of a life of sharp rocks and steep trails.

Here is my best shot.

life11When God freed His people from Egypt He did not choose to guide them through a fast and direct route to the promised destination.

The people were not yet ready to love Him nor were they yet prepared to live in their new home.

The desert rocks, trails and trials were forty years of preparation.

From creation to the Christ were thousands of years of hardships as God formed person after person until the time came to reveal the secret of life found in Jesus.

The gospel is Jesus.

baptism3When I look into God’s revealed Scripture I find over and again Jesus came to give life. He is the secret to life. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind (John 1:4).

This is the secret to life. He is the one who walks with me, shines light on my rocky road, shows me how to live and makes me ready for life eternal with the Holy.

And then one day—This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on The Secret to Life 

Gary@GodReflection.org  www.GodReflection.org  www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com

Secret Love


GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ – Malachi 1:2

garyguarujaI am amazed at the availability of opportunities to learn new skills. Workshops abound.

Hands on learning is a big deal. Workshops exist to learn how to build Legos, cook Italian food, how to paint, garden and build robotics.  I’ve attended workshops on leadership, fundraising, building interpersonal relationship skills and personality makeup.

love5Most any acquired skill sought is available through guided hands-on training.

Although ever person is born with the capacity to love, I would also argue that it is an acquired skill.

What might life look like without the skill to love? None of us have to look far to see the tragedies created by those who lack love skill.

A theme throughout Old Testament Scriptures is Creator God who cared for His created humans with faithful love—even when they did not love back.

love21He loved them so intently that he built a nation to call His own.

His new nation would play a role in the restoration to the Holy to lost people from every tribe and nation across the face of His globe.

For the most part, His chosen did not return love to their Creator, nor did they reflect His love to others. The global restoration must have seemed smaller than a speck on a distant horizon.

love30However, all along God was at work on a secret plan to place His contagious love among us. It was a love that would spread across His world—pardon the analogy—like a flu epidemic.

Now, back to the secret as reveled through Jesus and described by Paul to first century Jesus followers:

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

love20In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, God did what He had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan He had already decided to complete by means of Christ.

This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.

All things are done according to God’s plan and decision; and God chose us to be His own people in union with Christ because of His own purpose, based on what He had decided from the very beginning (Ephesians 1:4-11).

love17The cross was a stake in the ground of God’s history line to declare that the Jesus event makes it possible for God and humankind to once again live with each other in love.

The Garden Sin that separated the human race from God was set right on the cross. Because, you and I were declared forgiven.

Since the resurrection, the one God loves draws us sinners in union with himself so that we can reciprocate love back to the Father.

love26God shared the secret of how that happened.

It happened through Jesus. In essence He sent Jesus to give me a workshop on how to love.

Jesus conducted a three-year, hands on workshop with a small group of Jewish disciples. The secret shared from the workshop was love.

I learn two basic truths from reading the Gospels.

The first section of Jesus’ workshop was to show us human types how to love God back.

The climactic section was a death and resurrection demonstration to show how much God loves each person who has ever lived on planet earth.

To return my love  I am to feel and to be God’s love to everyone who crosses my trail. Jesus demonstrates what to do when I encounter the hurting, the hungry and the helpless. Jesus gave hands-on demonstrations to help me know what to do when I encounter the happy, the loved and the successful.

love18Disciples by the millions who live—and die—in our 21st century continue to stand in awe at the incalculable loved God shines into their lives.

In turn they carry their newly acquired love skill to everyone they meet.

They do so through the power of the secret that entered our world by a baby in a bed of straw. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on Secret Love 

Gary@GodReflection.org  www.GodReflection.org  www.MakeYourVisionGoViral.com