Keep This Secret
Posted: Saturday, January 27
Verse of the Day:
As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead.”
(Mark 9:9-10 NLT)
It is one of the most incredible historical events recorded on the pages of the Bible. It is an event now known around the world. Everyone who has a copy of the New Testament can read about this event.
Yet, this event was once a tightly-held secret.
Jesus took his closest inner circle of disciples - Peter, James and John - to a mountaintop. In that intimate setting, Jesus “transformed and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus” (Mark 9:2-4 NLT).
Then, these three men heard the audible voice of God say, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him” (v. 7).
What a confirmation for these followers of Christ that He is who He says He is!
For many of us, we would have an immediate desire to tell everyone we know.
Yet, Jesus instructed Peter, James and John to keep secret for a season what they had just witnessed.
As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead” (v. 9-10).
There was a reason God wanted these three to experience this moment. Yet, there is also an unspecified reason that this event was not to be shared publicly until after the death and resurrection of Christ.
There are moments when God will speak something to you that is just for you. God may also put something on your heart that He only wants you to share with a few trusted friends as His plan unfolds through you.
Every moment of our spiritual journey does not need to be on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
As your Heavenly Father guides your life, ask Him - is this for everyone to know or does this need to remain secret for a season?
My personal devotion time is not time for sermon prep. There are specific areas where God is speaking to me for my own personal development.
Trust that as you follow God, there will be a time to publicly declare how He has worked privately in your life.