By Keith Boutte
Who among us has no faults? Who has no shortcomings? Who is perfect in all his ways? The Bible says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Hebrews 4:13 NLT)
Accountability can be tough if we are seeking selfish ambitions. Being held accountable for every word we speak is like tying a one-ton bolder to your back and trying to climb a rock wall. The same can be said about our actions—have you ever been upset about traffic, especially that person going to slow in the fast lane? “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” (James 3:2 NLT)
None can obtain
Perfection is something we strive for in vain, no human can obtain it because we all have a fleshly mind and body fighting for control. When we stub our toe, pain can make us holler not-so-nice words, and it’s not so much the actual word but the intent behind the word. Times like these are when our hearts are exposed.
We do ourselves no favors when we act as if we have it all together, putting on a show for all to see. Outward appearances of wellbeing with inward turmoil, is believing the lie you tell yourself is true. Covering our shameful acts or thoughts brings more pain as fear of exposure grows. By covering our faults, we end up building our own prison around us and curse the key to freedom in our hand.
Let’s face it, letting fear and shame guide our thoughts and actions only brings more fear and shame. Thinking we’re better off keeping our secrets is hidden sin! There is literally no place to hide! Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. “Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Repentance & choice
So many times, we run to the comfort of a consoling friend who doesn’t fear sin, who makes light of the sin and believes confession is enough. Confession without repentance bares no fruit— it’s no different than believing lying will bring healing. Lying is slapping someone in the face and enjoying it. Proverbs 12:22 NKJV says, “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.”
Choices made today are our path tomorrow, what we say negative about others may very well be hidden in us. What we choose to eat is what we become tomorrow. If we feast on sweets and lavish foods our body becomes slothful and weak. So, it is with our spirit, what effort we give towards God is what path we take tomorrow. As Jesus called out to Peter “Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:37-38 NKJV)
Time is too short to be concerned about today, tomorrow may never come. When our hearts are exposed, will we see fruits of the Spirit flowing from our mouth into others ears, or will our heart be exposed and our mouth reveal hidden sin?
Expose your sin to others you trust and walk in accountability to God’s Word. Go to a Brother or Sister you trust and confess your sin, expose the darkness and allow the light to shine upon your heart’s motives and cleanse away all shame and guilt. Exposure brings cleansing and healing, light shines on darkness and darkness will and must leave. Believe and do as God’s Word says, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
Live life exposed and help others open the door to freedom.
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mark 14:38)
Keith Boutte resides in Lafayette with his lovely wife Christy, and they have four children and five grandchildren. He has a passion for people, our city, and seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others.