Matthew 5.14-16 teaches us, God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
God is not a secret to be kept. A popular song echoes this refrain. The key to sharing Him with others is living as light-bearers and being transparent before others.
Christians must become more public with their faith if they are going to have more influence in the culture. God does not wish for His children to hide but to shine. Too many behave as though they are ashamed of God.
There is much pressure from the culture to keep our religion to our self. We should keep our religion to our self for religion is merely a means to knowing God and worshiping Him appropriately.
What we are not to keep to ourselves is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. What we are to be open and transparent about is our own need for a Savior. We are to share how our brokenness is being healed by our Creator.
We are to testify to the life of Jesus and His promise of eternal life with Him and all those who have loved Him from all time. This is good news not to be kept secret. After all, if there really is a God and we know Him personally, shouldn’t we share Him positively with everyone we know?
God in Jesus exemplified such a life for us. God came to earth as a man because man had become so distant from Him and so confused about Him. Now that we know Him, He has commissioned us to go likewise into the world and share Who He really is and what He wants from us.
The world and it’s religions are a mess. God is love and He is good. God transforms His children into witnesses of Him who are public about His life in them and His promised future for them.