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Have you ever been in a secret relationship? I mean a secret romantic relationship? Let’s say you have been dating for five years but no one knows except the two of you. Your partner believes that family should not know about them, your friends should not meet him/her, you should never tag him or post his image on social media. ‘Until the right time’. Personally I have been in such a relationship, when the right time came we broke up. It was tormenting me, imagine praying for a boyfriend, then finding one and keeping it a secret. Maybe it works for others, but It didn’t for me. If you are serious with me, at least let’s even sit together in church, at least say hello to my friends, know my world. Introduce me to your friends. Maybe not after two weeks, but when it’s a year or over and no one knows, I will doubt.
What I have seen working for me and for people around me is making a declaration, I think that is why we have processes when it comes to marriage: The process of meeting parents and inviting friends to come for the celebrations. It is because the two are happy to be together and they want the whole world to know. I remember when I fell in love with my husband I used to tell him ‘I wish I could go on top of some mountain and just shout how much I love you for the whole world to know’ I never posted him on social media before marriage but it was not a secret. We used to walk together, go out for coffee in public, go to church together, and our friends and family knew we were in a relationship. After marriage, I had to look for every mountain and declare my love for him.
When it comes to being in love with God, having a relationship with God, it cannot be hidden. We cannot be secretly saved. If salvation is so true to us and we are experiencing freedom in Christ, then we must tell others. For our faith we are commanded to even tell strangers. Many times we complicate with, ‘I am working out my own salvation with fear and trembling’ or ‘It is more important to be saved in my actions than with words’ well, all that is true. But if it was a reality in our lives, that we are working out our salvation and we yearn not just to speak but also to act, then we will be obedient to God’s command. The last command that Jesus his disciples was this: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
The woman at the well in John 4: 28-29 could not keep it to herself. “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” When you meet Jesus, you are never the same again. The old goes and the new comes, it is such a great experience to keep to yourself. Having a relationship with God and having an assurance of eternal life cannot be kept a secret. You will desire that everyone you meet knows Him and lives for Him. Jesus wants everyone to know about Him. He died on the cross so that all mankind could be reconciled to the Father. Someone should make it known, someone should tell this truth. You are that “someone.” Tell others about your faith, tell them today that Jesus loves them and longs to give them life.
There are no special ‘missionaries’ who have been called by God to talk about Him. It is our responsibility; each one has been given power to do it. Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” If you have been a secret Christian, especially in a country where we have freedom of worship, then maybe you are not one at all. Make it known. Tell others. There is no right time, God is with you always. So share your faith always.
May the Lord open your eyes today to see the opportunities to tell others about Him. Amen