Friday, July 2, 2010
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A friend of mine was commenting on some recent news stories in which something very shocking, very violent and seemingly unexplainable had happened within a family. He concluded with a comment based on a classic country song he knew, "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors." Actually, that's not true.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "No Such Thing As a Secret."
It's a fact that there are plenty of secrets behind closed doors. No one on earth probably knows the real you like the people you live with. They see you unmasked and unedited. There's some ugly stuff behind some of our closed doors. Then there are the things we do when no one seems to be watching or hearing; our secrets. I'm reminded of those commercials advertising a certain resort city that said, "What you do here stays here."
Well, I've got some bad news for anyone who thinks their secrets are safe behind closed doors. Actually, I'll let the Bible give you the news. It's recorded in Romans 2:16, and it's our word for today from the Word of God. The Bible talks about "...the day when God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ." Guess what? Someone has been watching; someone has been listening. Someone knows everything that happens behind those closed doors. What you do there won't stay there. You'll meet it on Judgment Day - standing before the Son of God, Jesus Christ. He will, the Bible says, "...bring to light what is hidden in darkness" (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Maybe you feel relieved that you haven't been caught. Wrong. If God knows, you're caught, and He does know. The Bible says, "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is...laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." All the dark secrets of our life will be "outed" and we will face the penalty for them. The Bible makes that penalty clear: "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). That's death as in eternal separation from God and from His love.
Without a way to remove all the sins of my life from God's records, I have no hope of ever knowing God, of avoiding hell, and of ever living in His heaven. The Bible makes it clear that there is no religion or human goodness that can erase our sins. Amazingly, it was the very God we have rebelled against who reached out to give us a way to belong to Him. A way that cost Him the most precious thing He had - His one and only Son. In God's own words, "He loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10). In other words, Jesus had all the guilt and all the hell of all our sin and shame dumped on Him when He died on the cross; including the darkest secrets of your life.
When He hung on that cross, He said, "Father, forgive them." He was thinking of you. God says, "Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness of sins through His name" (Acts 10:43). That could be you today if you'll acknowledge your sin - even the hidden sin - and grab Jesus as the only One who can rescue you spiritually. Imagine going to bed tonight knowing that you're clean, knowing you are totally forgiven, and knowing you're right with God and you're ready to meet Him.
If that's what you want, will you tell Jesus that? This is a faith transaction between you and the Man who literally died for your sin.
I want to encourage you to visit us at our website today. There's something there that I think will help you experience Christ's love and His forgiveness for yourself. A lot of people have found some help and encouragement there. There's a brief explanation of exactly how to begin this personal relationship with Him. Just go to YoursForLife.net. Or, if you'd like, I'll be glad to send you that information in printed form in my little booklet, Yours For Life. Just call and let us know you want it. The toll free number is 877-741-1200.
You're on the edge of something that you may have thought could never happen - a clean slate and a new beginning.