It was kind of fascinating but scary at the same time. It was a FOX26 special on spouses who cheat using internet networking sites. Divorce lawyers have begun to utilize facebook and twitter as sources of evidence for infidelity. They can tell of countless stories of spouses discovering horrifying facebook inbox messages, and heart wrenching direct messages sent and received from their spouse’s FB or Twitter account. That was the scary part, the fascinating part was how people had created completely alternate personalities and lived secret lives through these sites. We saw the same thing with the whole Tiger Woods situation. Tiger had maintained such a professional, upright and clean cut image, yet we would later find out that Tiger led a very different private life.
And although we’ve never had to own up to our secret lives on national television, we all have to admit that at some point on some level, we allow ourselves to have a private life apart from our ‘Christian’ life. The experts on the FOX26 special said network sites are the perfect tool for doing and becoming whatever we want without shame due to the high level of secrecy that is provided. Think about the secrecy that we are provided in life. She’s your Christian girl by day sending explicit text messages by night. He’s your usher on Sunday, but a porn addict in his bedroom on every other day. And without access to her phone or his computer, no one will ever know. That’s the power of technology’s secrecy. On the outside we are presentable but it’s the sinful desires on the inside that we express in secrecy that are so damaging.
In Mark, Jesus explains to the disciples that it is the “vile things from within that defile us” (Mark 5:23). Our sin problems reach deeper than the surface. In the 23rd chapter of Matthew Jesus drives home the issue of sin on the inside when he says,” Hypocrites! For you are careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy-full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25).
Jesus hit the nail on the head. How often do we do the things we do in the dark out of greed and self-indulgence? I think we all could point out a sin that we do on the low and say yes, I do this and I would be ashamed to admit it in public, it isn’t necessary, it doesn’t enhance my life in any way, but I do it because it’s just a lil sumthin sumthin that pleases me and makes me feel good.
Man, when we sign to team Jesus, never in our contract does it say that this life is about bringing ourselves pleasure, fulfilling our desires. Matter of fact, our contract says that we just might have to suffer for His name’s sake, that this life is about bringing Him glory; our aim is to please Him, not us. That’s why in Romans 12:1, Paul calls us to present ourselves as living sacrifices. It sounds like an oxymoron because sacrifices usually involve death, but Paul says we are living sacrifices. When you allow Christ to be the ruler of your life, offering up your inner desires, your secret indulgences, and sacrificing your secret pleasures, you will actually gain life, you will be given the opportunity to experience a better more fulfilling life. Watching friends go to a place you know you don’t belong at, refraining from certain behaviors, and denying yourself of certain worldly pleasures may feel like it’s gonna kill you, but isn’t that what a life in Christ is all about? Killing you, your flesh so that you may live an enriched, enhanced life through Christ.
Lay it all on the altar, every part, so that you can experience the power of life through Jesus Christ in every area of your life. In the next verse in Matthew 23, Jesus says,” First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean too.” Acknowledge that there is an internal sin problem. God demonstrated his love for us in that while we were still creeping in the dark doing our dirt, He sent His perfect son to die on the cross and bear the filth of our greed and self-indulgence, giving us His white robe of righteousness to wear instead. The work He did on the cross can wash you clean, it has the power to make all things new if you trust and believe in Jesus Christ. Let Him come in and clean things up and the evidence of how He has cleansed you on the inside will become evident on the outside, in your public and private life!