Hidden and Revealed
While I was handing out bottles of water on the bridge last weekend during Riverbend, I was asking the Lord for the full assignment that he had for me that night. Did he want me to pray for people, give them a word that would witness to them, or was handing out the water all he wanted me to do? It did not take but a moment to know that my assignment that night was to simply love on people and hand out water. Evangelism has to be Spirit led. It is not a formula. Sometimes you are there just to do an act of love like handing out waters and nothing else. Other times, he may have you pray for people or do an outside event with open air preaching. Do what he is doing and say what he is saying. It really is that simple.
Once I began handing out water, I felt the love of God swell up in me for the people I was interacting with. That is when God spoke to me and said, “You don’t have to be seen by anyone. I see everything that you do and everything that is hidden.” Part of this statement is for us to check the motives of our actions. Are we loving people or doing something to be seen by man or by our Father in heaven? Does it really matter if no one else in the earth knows what you are doing and saying as long as you are obedient to what the Father is telling you to do? Regardless if anyone else sees you, heaven sees you. Heaven is with you, and you always have heaven as your audience and participators (Hebrews 12:1). That is enough for me. Jesus said that his food is to do the will of his Father (John 4:34).
The other part to this is that God is looking for those that want to be hidden in him. They are not looking for the platforms, promotions, and influence. They are simply desiring to do the will of the Father and to go deeper into his heart regardless of anything else around them. Although they aren’t the ones looking for a platform, they are the ones the Lord will entrust the greater things with because he alone is the desire of their heart. Christ alone is their platform and promotion.
We are now in a time of being hidden and revealed simultaneously. We are coming out of being hidden from the public eye while still being hidden in Christ. The more you desire to go deeper into the heart of the Father and to do his will, the more he will expand your territory. He will give grace to the humble and hungry ones who desire only the will of the Father. What you have sown and continue to sow in secret, the Lord is going to reward you openly before others.
Matthew 6: 6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (ESV).
Matthew 10:26-28 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (ESV).
Luke 8:17-18 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” (ESV).