Can You Keep A Secret?

The above title is not talking about the, “Psst…hey, can I tell you something” kind of secret. This connotation is a lot more positive. Although I am sure he was not the first person to say something like this, Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” That is a neat little saying that leads to an interesting little question. Have you ever had anyone begin to give you credit for something that you did not do? Did you correct them or did you let them continue to give you credit for the deed that was done? The answer to that has the possibility to lead to a lot more questions, eh? But on the flip side, have you ever been in the position where you could have taken the credit for something that you actually did but you passed on the spotlight?

Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with receiving credit for a good deed or a job well done but when a person has the ability to do something good for a fellow neighbor and they are able to keep it quite, that person is getting a reward that has more benefits than the outward recognition. It’s the reward that helps to shape a giving character and a caring heart in the sight of God.

King Solomon finished the great book of Ecclesiastes by reminding his readers about a fact that is both sobering and satisfying, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) While most of us tend to think about the negative side of that scripture (and never should we neglect the truth it teaches), the positive side of it can be just as strong and encouraging!

Several hundred years later, King Jesus reminded God’s people about the positive aspect of keeping a positive secret when He said, “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly…when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly…when you fast,anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:3,4,6,17 & 18)

God knows all about the face of evil and hypocrisy, but He also knows all about the face of good and genuineness – “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

Quietly doing good deeds for others is a habit that is worth starting. If someone asks if you are responsible for a good deed don’t lie about it, take the credit if the credit is due but don’t seek out the credit. That’s the whole point of Jesus’ teaching. Serve secretly and let God give the credit openly.

Think about it. E. Adkins

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