January 28, 2015
In today's QT, Jesus's brothers tell Jesus he should be more public as he was doings some things in secret. Jesus responds it's not the right time, and that world hates him because he testifies that what the world does is evil. This was all just before the festival at Tabernacles, which is the even the brothers were telling Jesus to go and be public about his miracles. Jesus tells them to go ahead, and it's not time for himself to go yet. After the brother leave for the festival, Jesus then leaves for the festival, but in secret.
Today's qt makes me that secrets are not a bad thing in itself. When I think about secrets, it's usually a bad thing because I have remember that it's a secret and I have to keep track and filter my actions and words in order to keep it a secret, and sometimes you have to lie to keep something a secret. What a tiresome way to live. This is why I don't like it when people tell me secrets, or talk about other people in negative ways behind their back, because these things create unnecessary work for me. In any case, Jesus did things in secret as well, and it was for good. So, if it's for good, than the work that goes into keeping something secret is not useless or unnecessary.
Matthew 6:1 Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
And it seems that I can get reward for my good deeds as long as my heart is in the right place, but there is always some part of me that is going to want some recognition. Only surefire way is to do it in secret, which no one but God can possibly recognize in the first place.
Application: find a good deed to do, and do it in secret.