Luke 13:21Posted 12/01/21, by Dan Vis
So far we've looked at a number of ways secrecy is important. Having real time alone with God. First, it's key to our prayer life. And second, it's key to grasping the Word.
Today, I want to look at another aspect of the Christian life that will be greatly enhanced by a bit of secrecy. Obedience. And in particular, application.
Consider for example this verse:
It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
In this super short parable, Jesus is making an important point about the Kingdom of Heaven. Several actually.
Like leaven, the Word of God is a living active agent. Like leaven it takes time to permeate and leaven the entire loaf. This parable also has some interesting symbolism. The woman, for example seems to represent the church, which plays an important role in the teaching process. And those three measures of meal seem to refer to the "spirit and soul and body" that Paul says need to be "sanctified wholly" (I Thessalonians 5:23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.).
But the point I want to emphasize today is that this leaven needs to be hidden in the meal. It needs to be mixed thoroughly into the dough, and then allowed to work--in secret.
In my experience, this is how application really works. God speaks to us privately about some need in our life. We pray about that problem in private. Then we start memorizing a few key personally chosen verses. We meditate on them in the quietness of our own mind. And then we look for ways to convert those principles into projects and work at implementing them in our life.
We might share something God has whispered to us, invite someone to pray for us, maybe share our project with an accountability partner--but ultimately, it's a rather individualized journey. It's you and God working together to live out the Word. All the ups and downs, gains and losses, wins and defeats, are all part of our own secret journey with God.
It can't really be any other way. Every person has an individual journey, don't they? And it's as unique and private as their personality, upbringing, experiences, education, and so on. God doesn't use broad brushstrokes when painting a masterpiece. It's always detailed, individual strokes of the brush. Each believer is a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
If you are not familiar with this experience I'm talking about, I encourage you to give it a try. Ask God for individualized leaven, from the Word of God, calculated to meet your exact needs--and then work to hide that leaven in your heart. Not just to memorize it, but to work it into every crevice of your spiritual life, your mental life, and your physical life--through persevering meditation and application.
Learning how to walk this secret and very real, private journey we all must walk, lies at the heart of genuine sanctification.
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