Who you are in private

Hebrews 13:18
“Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things…” (ESV)

Today’s Thought
Sometimes I like to imagine I’m hanging out with Jesus and his disciples. But not when there were impressive things happening like healings, huge crowds, and dramatic speeches.

I wonder what it would be like on an “ordinary” day when no one was taking notes. Questions come to mind like…

  • Did the disciples have thumb wars?
  • How did Peter tell James he had bad breath?
  • How frustrated did they get when they lost their car keys?

I’m just really intrigued by the idea of spirituality when no one is looking.

Many of you have heard the saying that “Character is doing the right thing when no one is looking.”

But lately I’ve been thinking that spirituality is doing the godly thing when no one is looking.

Who you are in private is who you are.

If you’re like me, you just started scanning your alone-time-activity-log to get your spirituality ranking. But I don’t mean for this to be another reason to feel bad. I have several not-so-stellar days and I’m guessing you do too.

But I do intend for it to be an opportunity to be honest about where you need to grow.

  • Does the music you listen to honour God?
  • Does your debit card transaction history give evidence of your walk with him?
  • Does your reading truly feed your soul?
  • Do you help the stranger even if no one will know, and even if you get disrespected in the process?

Light radiates from the inside out.

Back to the disciples on an ordinary day. I bet one of the biggest impressions Jesus made on his friends was simple consistency… when people were watching, and especially when they weren’t.

When the private you has integrity before God, it’s easier for the public you to have integrity before others.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • In case you missed it, yesterday I shared a blog called “Did Jesus Really Exist? – My response to the strange claims of Maclean’s magazine.” In it, I challenge their 2016 Easter article which was uncharacteristically one-sided and may be a part of a rising hostility toward Christians in North America and Europe. In case you missed it, you can read it here.

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