In our society of instant communication—cell phones, text messaging, etc.—we have lost the significance and meaning of words. We rarely think about the significance of the words we use to get our message across. This was not always the case. In earlier writings throughout history, men labored to be exact in their choice of words so as to be clear in their meaning and intent of their message. An example is seen in the words of the Constitution of the United States of America. The words had to be exact and precise in order for the document to endure as the foundation of a country and society. If this is true of a man made document for a country, how much more meaningful are the Words used in the Bible.
In the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, when God speaks through the Prophets and Apostles, the very words He uses are packed with meaning and significance. In light of using and understanding the words we choose, I want to address the importance of ‘ongoing disclosure’ and its significance for us today.
When we sin it is no different today than it was with Adam and Eve. We bury our actions and thoughts hoping desperately that no one will find us out.
Secrecy is one of the major factors that keep us in bondage to our sins. Exposing our sins to one who is a trust worthy companion, accountability partner or group keeps us from hiding and covering up with deceit and lies.
John 14:21 Jesus said: “…and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”
For us to experience the freedom of walking with Him and with others without fear, we must live a life of ongoing disclosure. God reveals His glory to everyone in His creation. But when Jesus was talking about disclosing Himself, it was to those who love His Father in Heaven. Thus, it is wise to disclose your life to those who will love and support you. If there’s no one you can trust, perhaps meet with a trusted pastor or counselor.
Remember, covering and hiding are the natural responses of sin. To live freely is to know that we were all dead in our trespasses and sins and were by nature children of wrath. BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, made us ALIVE! (Eph. 2:1,4) Being alive is not to live a life of secrecy and bondage under cover. We were intended to be like Him, for His glory.