GodReflection: God Shares His Secret
“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.
Carefully 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.
The 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.”
Francisco, 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.
But 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:
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.
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).
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
My Reflection on The Secret I Must Share