Friday, May 31, 2013

In the Sight of Everyone

There are secrets that are kept.  Not everyone would understand.  Not everyone would appreciate the disclosure of what is hidden.  Not everyone would treat us the same if they found out what’s been hidden and now revealed.

In Psalm 31: 19-20, I found some words that speak to me about our current circumstances.
O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you,
and accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!
In the shelter of your presence you hide them from human plots; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues.

In our circumstances that are grafted into what the Lord has declared and promised to us, we’re living in a season where God is really all our security.  We believe the Lord has brought us to a place of absolute dependence on him because of what he’s revealed to us will only be accomplished through his power and grace.  So, we respect the Lord above all other authorities, and we trust in his abundant goodness for us as we take refuge in God in the sight of everyone.

This weekend, the denomination’s mantle under which we have lived for over 20 years of ministry will be formally lifted off of us by a voice vote in executive session of the clergy in our conference.  It is not a disciplinary action, but an acknowledgement of our wills being exercised in surrendering our ordinations.  We surrendered our ‘authority’ (really, as April says, “we have responsibilities, but no authority) because we believed we couldn’t in good conscience remain under the denominational mantle and do things in ministry in opposition to the church’s ecclesiology.  With that being our choice, we fear the Lord most of all in light of his inspiration and direction.  We take refuge in God alone.  Alleluia!  In the sight of everyone!

Often I’ve kept secrets from my world regarding what I believe about myself and my relationships. None of this is earth shattering.  The secrets have been locked boxes that contained feelings or judgments I’ve willingly kept to myself because I didn’t want to be judged or ridiculed.  It’s that simple. 

In this season, April and I have acted willfully to give testimony of what we believe God has called us to do and be.  With that being true, we’re keeping no secrets (take a look at our ministry website to read our ministry vision and mission -  This is what God has called us to do and be, and we’re taking refuge in him in the sight of everyone.  I may be reading these verses from my neediness, but how these words strike is that we’re taking refuge in God openly, in the sight of everyone, unashamed. 

How are you to live out your faith in these days in the sight of everyone, openly, uashamed?

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