Forget It | Devotion #3: Stop Hiding
James Mann | Children’s Director
Anyone who knows me knows I grew up in a Christ-centered house. In 2005, my family and I moved from Michigan to Florida. Christ started moving from the center of my life as it became difficult to find a church to call home. Before I knew it, God was completely out of my life. I still prayed before meals and bed, but I was just saying a rehearsed prayer just to appease my parents. I was dead in my faith. For the longest time, there was this skeleton in my closet. I moved back to Michigan in 2011 and began to try this whole church and God thing again. I did not want anyone to know about this hidden past of living in the world. I avoided telling anyone and in return, became even more lost in the world.
I went on an entire year like this. It was not until a year into going back to church that God made things clear for me. Luke 8:17-18 challenged me, “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” For me, God was telling me that all my sins of the past would come to light eventually. If I bring them to light, then I can grow and truly start on the path He has chosen for me.
Something we need to remember is that everyone has something in their life they are trying to hide from the world. Some skeletons are larger than others, but they need to be shared. The only way we can leave our skeletons behind us is by making our past known. Then, instead of hiding these skeletons we can leave them behind us and continue down the path God has chosen for us. As believers, the most important thing we can do right now is pray for God to show us what these skeletons are that we are carrying around and trying to hide from the world. Ask Him just to strengthen you and allow you to bring them to light and leave them behind. If we allow ourselves to do this, then, and only then, are we able to lighten our load and run after the desires that God has for us in our lives.