cover to cover – week forty-seven

covertocoverEntrusted with the Secret Things of God

After reading the week’s readings in one sitting, I am embarrassed to tell you, I have either an inordinate amount that lingers or one generalized thought. I think I’ll go with the thought and expound. There are many things that rust and moths destroy, but the eternal treasures of Christ are so very rich and personal and ours to claim. According to 1 Cor. 4:1, we have been entrusted with the secret things of God. And those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. We have a responsibility to Him to be faithful with those secret treasures we’ve been given. Just what are the secret things of God? Let’s take a look at what we can know about the secret treasures from our Scripture this week.

  1. The secret things of God are eternal. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love…love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:8, 13) God is love and love is eternal. Faith, hope and love are treasures that remain after they are offered and interjected into the world. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1)Love lingers long after someone dies. That person’s faith and hope and most of all, love, live on in the lives of those they touched. Their legacy of faith, hope and love continues to bless, to influence, to thrive. The secret things of God remain infused into minds, emblazed into souls, hidden in hearts forever.
  2. The secret things of God involve a responsible freedom. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!” Since we are entrusted with these secret things, we have a responsibility to prove faithful by our actions toward others. We must not destroy Christ to the unbeliever, or drag his Name through the mud, as I call it. Paul says “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. (1 Corinthians 6:12) He then warns us to “be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, and we are no longer slaves to this world, but tethered to Christ in love-the most glorious freedom we can have is to be found in Christ. Yet if we cause a brother to sin, then we are not to exercise that freedom. We must be careful not to tarnish the Name of Christ by our daily living testimonies.
  3. The secret things of God are revealed in increments. Paul tells us in the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, “When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully even as I am fully known.” And one of my favorite of all Scriptures, 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” From glory to ever-increasing glory, we are being transformed one step at a time closer to His likeness. And one glorious day, we shall behold Him, face to Face.

The secret things of God are ours as believers to claim, to treasure, to respect, to enjoy as part of our great inheritance through Christ Jesus as sons of God. We can enjoy them today and can expect them to increase in increasingly glorious amounts through His revelation and transformation. He has so much yet to do in me and through me. I so want to be a blessing and not the pain-in-the-neck child to Him. I pray that I don’t squander any more time or opportunities for Him to equip me to serve Him in pleasing ways. Let us treasure the secret things that He has entrusted us with that we may prove faithful in every way.

 What lingers for you this week as we read? I can’t wait to see His mighty workings in each of you. Join Bev and others at Cover to Cover this week as some beautiful hearts for Christ come together. You all bless me so.

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8 thoughts on “cover to cover – week forty-seven

  1. I feel very convicted too about forgiveness its how do you forgive and know that person well hurt you again b/c they do ..so you forgive and allow them too keep hurting you or do you tell them “please stay away” I know these is off the subject a bit ..but you want to be like Christ and forgive and not hold bitterness so that people can see the light of the Lord in you but….then you know these person well hurt you again. marina

  2. Oh my, when I read 1 Cor 13 last week in our reading, I felt so convicted that I did not love as God loves. I asked Him for forgiveness and to show me how to love as He loves. I’m setting aside my selfishness, little by little, but He’s showing me so many awesome “secret” things in the process. I love how His word transforms our lives. He is giving me a makeover (and I need it)! Much love to you!

    Engrafted by His Grace-
    Shonda

  3. My sister’s faith touched me in so many ways. I was asked to read 1 Cor 13 at her funeral. (She chose it!) Her legacy still blesses me. I was just recently wishing she were still here. She was a beautiful writer and was able to express herself in ways I can only dream. If she had a blog, I know you would love it! I am so glad the secret things come in increments. I’m not sure I could comprehend the intensity of His love any other way! Thank you for blessing me one more time!
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

  4. Oh Annie your words at the top of this blog say so much! (and I love the picture as well (the one of you in the hammock is sweet too).

    Thank you for letting me ramble on…… Oh and your study today was very meaningful too!

    Love and Blessings,
    Barbara

  5. “We must be careful not to tarnish the Name of Christ by our daily living testimonies. ”

    I love this point you made about responsible freedom! Thank you for that reminder today!

    Blessings
    Michelle

  6. Aaahhhh…the secret things of God…I don’t think I say anymore…what I desire in my every waking moment..I don’t want to miss it.

    Thanks for this great and insightful post.

    On a lighter note…you will now know if you didn’t know already that I am very human…my cell phone alerted me that I had a new email yesterday…and it was from you…and you will never guess where I was…on an escalator in the mall…like you…I hardly ever shop on Sunday…so like you…we begin again next week…in grace not shame…a little wiser…even more in need of our sweet Savior.

    I must say…I will “blame” it on the holiday but I was anything but organized for the Sabbath…plan ahead…peace ahead!

  7. I think if we really lived and walked in love out in the world and with each other, most non believers would be drawn to Christ on love alone. But sadly, many determine we are hypocrites after watching believers interact w/ believers and watching us throw fits or use sharp words in public.

    I want to be so filled with Christ’s love that unbelievers notice it and want to be filled with it too.

    Love, Annette

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