God wants our private life, and our public life to line up for His glory. It’s been said, “Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage.”
There have been times in my life that I’ve played the hypocrite. For example, I’m kind to those in the church body, and even to total strangers. You would never find me raising my voice in uncontrolled anger to someone outside my family. (Well, almost never)
However, there have been times in my life, I find myself doing the opposite of the right thing. I find myself not being patience with my family. I find myself raising my voice to my children, instead of treating them with proper respect.
How about you today? Have you experienced similar things in your own life? Maybe even something much darker? Maybe you have a private sin you have kept hidden away from the world. You keep telling yourself that it hurts nobody but you. However, deep down you know that’s not the truth. Your hidden sin makes you more and more depressed, and you find yourself taken your angry, and frustrations out on those you love the most.
Private faithfulness is the true test of where you are in your walk with Christ. If your private faith is off track, you public faith is a walking zombie.
In 2 Samuel, chapter 12, the story of King David committing adultery, and murder is shared. If you have time read the whole chapter. David concealed his sin, but God eventually sent Nathan to confront him. David ends up repenting in Psalm 51 and asks God to restore the joy of his salvation. David repented and realigned his public and private faith.
If you are having trouble letting go of a private sin I want to offer you a challenge. I want you to visualize something for me for the next 7 days.
Visualize your home, and your life, as a glass house that everyone can see what you doing. Would you choose to sin? Most likely you wouldn’t. Here in North Carolina, there is a town called McAdenville. Each year, many of the residents decorate their homes with Christmas lights. People drive from everywhere to view the homes and lights.
From the outside, it all looks good. However, on the inside of those homes are real people with real lives. It would be amazing if all those homes were glass. I bet the people on the inside would live their best life knowing that everyone could see them.
Go ahead; give it a try this week. Visualize yourself as a glass house and see how much better you do.