June 12, 2020
Word of the day: 38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus… 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. John 19:38a-39b
Meditation: Do you call yourself a secret follower of Jesus? You believe in him, but don’t share your faith in his good works? What can you do to be a voice for Jesus?
Discussion Board: Sometimes, people believe they will offend someone if they something as simple as “have a bless day.” Sharing your faith is not a bad thing; most people are closed-minded to it. It doesn’t mean we step to the level of not sharing our faith. It takes creativity, listening to someone’s problem in words they say. Hearing words like I can’t do this anymore, or I can’t handle this problem means that they have issues that need God’s handling. We can share our faith, but it is up to others to examine Jesus for themselves. When you want to learn about a case, you review it yourself to see for yourself how the details of the situation worked out or getting to know someone; you have to do it yourself so you can understand. Worrying about what someone feels or think about you doing that shouldn’t affect you. It’s for your examination. Jesus wants us to learn about him through our eyes and not have anyone else do that for us. Nicodemus became a secret follower of Jesus. It’s good that he became a follower and that he was willing to learn. The problem is that it was a secret. Why keep your following of Jesus a secret? If you have to keep it a secret, examine yourself to see how you can become a voice. If your relationship has secrets, think about if your relationship needs more communication or if you want to be in affiliation with that person.
Takeaway: Secrets are not suitable, depending on the situation. If you surprise someone, that’s fun to have secrets. Otherwise, it shows you have something you don’t want someone to know. Be upfront at the beginning, and not after the fact. What are your takeaways?
Prayer: Father, thank you for our fellowship. Secrets can be dangerous and ruin people. I pray we are upfront at the beginning and not during the situation. It takes courage to share our thoughts and our faith. I pray we continue to have the confidence to share. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!