A few days ago, a teaser for the evening news promised to reveal what was inside the “secret FBI files of Whitney Houston.” My initial thought was that these secret files are not really all that secretive. As Americans we would become a little distraught at the thought of the FBI having secret files about us. We like our privacy. We don’t even want somebody to access a list of books we check out from the library.
I get all of that. But it would be foolish to assume that our lives are ultimately a private matter. Even in this life most of us have been embarrassed by the discovery of skeletons we have tried burying in the back of our closets.
But there is a life to come. If we have been embarrassed in the presence of fellow sinners, what shall we feel when standing before the Lord?
Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
–1 Corinthians 4:5 ESV
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.
–Luke 12:1-3 ESV
I am grateful for the forgiveness of the Lord. Yet we should still desire to stand before him in holiness.