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

Secret Grace

GodReflection: God Shares His Secret

garyguarujaIt 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.

grace1The 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.

grace6He 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 hisgrace11 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.

grace12Yet, 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?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells

A GodReflection on Secret Grace