Every week I drop by my neighboorhood comic book store and pick up the most recent issues of the comics I read. And every week, after I check out, they place my comics in a brown paper bag. I always get a good chuckle out of it. They hand me my comics in the same brown sack liquor stores use. As if to say, “Shhhhhhh, this will be our little secret.” Because the single purpose of the little brown bag is to conceal the contents. There was a time I was ashamed to admit my interest in comics and other nerdy things. Back then I would have appreciated the discreetness of the store. Nevertheless, I am now unashamed and find the scenario humorous. However, it made me think. If I really liked something, or even loved it, why would I cover it up and hide it from everyone?
Don’t we often do this with our faith though? I know I have hidden my faith far more often than I have hidden my comics. Probably more times than I really want to admit. I have wrapped God in this packaging so that only I know the contents. That way no one can see through and find out I am a believer. Instead of putting him out on display for all to admire I have covered him up. And I have done this at times for different reasons. Sometimes I didn’t want to be ridiculed. Other times I have hidden to avoid confrontation. Even worse I have made the assumption someone wouldn’t be interested or care. Many times I have kept my belief in Christ covered and hidden from the world and have had to repent for that sin.
But it is my goal to live out Matthew 5:14-16 so that ANY and ALL may come to know my savior.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Question: When is a time you hid your belief in Christ? How can you live in a way that displays your belief more freely?