A Secret Life


Town Lake in Austin- I think Jesus lives here......

Cooper, my four year old Rwandan wild man,  just learned an important word this last week:  privacy. He’ll be in the bathroom and yell, “ I need privacy!” Then he runs out and all through the house naked. I don’t think he’s actually learned the principle- just the word.

This morning I was reading the Sermon on the Mount...Jesus says the most radical, backwards, ridiculously difficult things in these few pages of scripture. One theme was especially pounding me this morning... beating off the page almost as if Jesus threw it in 2000 years ago just to mess with our generation.

Be godly in secret.Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Pray in secret....when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.

Give in secret.But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Fast in secret....that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret.

A lot of our lives are over- exposed these days:  blogs and tweets and facebook and face time and it’s just gone a few steps further for me- I am writing my life and it’s on sale everywhere. In so many ways it is beautiful to connect and use these mediums to reach the world and yet we are supposed to have this whole secret life... this life with God that no one knows about.

And I’m craving it. Exposure is not filling us up- this is no secret.

Be alone...Build a space that you crave. Find a coffee shop you love. Find a place to walk. Build a playlist of worship songs.

Have secrets... secrets of godliness and holiness that not even your spouse or best friend know about.

Turn off the world... Anti-Social app is my new favorite invention. Turn off your phone. Turn off your phone.

I fear we all are running naked all over the place and have lost the beauty and art of a secret life with God.

Fight for privacy with Him.

How do these teachings fit into our new culture?

Jennie Allen22 Comments