Your Relationship With God Shouldn’t Be Private

I’ve run into a lot of people in my life who seem to think that their relationship with God is for them to know and for others to not worry about. And while I agree with them to a certain extent, the biblical text is clear that our relationships with God are called to be anything but private. Personal, yes. Private, no.

One group of passages that I frequently refer to in regards to one’s call to a life of public faith is Matthew 5:14-16, which states the following,

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

The core message in these verses are quite clear; that in the same way, one wouldn’t light a lamp and then cover it to dilute its sole purpose, a Christian isn’t to discover the hope of Jesus and never share nor keep it hidden from the public eye. The life and deeds of a Christ-follower should exude out of you. This would completely contradict the calling of the Great Commission; “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).”

It just doesn’t make any sense to stay quiet in a world that parades darkness and deceit. Our faith was made to be public. To be shared. To be discussed to those we come across. So what does this mean? It means that you’re called to be a shining example of a Christ-follower in all that you do, no matter what you do, no matter where you are, no matter who you come into contact with.

I guess I just have a hard time grasping the idea that someone can be fully devoted to Christ, yet hidden as it pertains to the public knowledge of that faith. I understand strategic evangelism as it pertains to countries where Christianity is illegal, but we as Americans really have no excuse to be silent when it comes to the existence of our relationships with God. I’m not saying you need to be on the street corner with a banner that says I Love Jesus!, but I am saying you should have no issue letting people know who you’ve given your life to. We’re called to live unashamed to the fullest extent.

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile”—Romans 1:16

When our lives get caught up in the beauty of The Gospel, we realize our existence is no longer about us but instead the many facets that make up the person of Christ. Our vocations as Christ-followers is to share The Gospel; the alluring and jaw-dropping beauty of The Gospel. Let your faith be known and your faith be strong. Don’t keep your relationship with God private, but instead outspoken and grace-filled.

Remember, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”—Matthew 10:32-33

—Jarrid Wilson

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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

29 comments on “Your Relationship With God Shouldn’t Be Private”

  1. I agree with you to an extent on this, but I think it’s mostly due to the choice or wording. Yes, we are called to share you faith and live out our relationship with Christ in front of others, but there are parts of our relationship with Christ that should be private. Just like in any earthly relationship, there are parts of the relationship you don’t share, parts that are just between the two people involved, parts that are private.

    There are aspects in my relationship with God that aren’t public – and shouldn’t be. and the same is true for every follower.

    Like I said, probably more just a word choice that took me on this tangent, but can we have a private relationship with God? Part of it, yes. But not hidden.

    1. Your relationship with God should be public. Your relationship with God should also be personal. Public in the sense that you are not afraid to represent him, personal in the sense that you have personal connection with him that in some cases may not be known or seen by those around you. Intimacy can stay between two individuals.

      1. Intimacy can stay between two individuals but the joy of their relationship can not help but be shared.

    2. I remember my parents saying that proclaiming their faith was like wearing their wedding rings. It let the world know that they were doing this together and they were devoted to each other, without sharing anything too personal. They encouraged my siblings and me to share our love for God with others just like they wore their weddings rings. You should show everyone how great God is and that you’re living with Him in your heart, but you don’t have to tell everyone every detail of your intimate relationship.

    3. Jason, I understand where you are coming from, but let me explain this image a little differently, Look at a spousal relationship, of course how my wife kisses is none of you dang business. (The private part) but if I make my wife drive a different car, never address her in public, never allow her to talk to me or others in public then no one would know that she was my wife!
      If we have a real relationship with anyone, we talk about it, we share our experiences with others, I brag and bemoan the angst of my daughter daily, with a variety of people. She is important to me and anyone I work with, worship with, or have coffee with can attest to that. IF those you interact with cannot describe your relationship and the passion you have for Christ and God the same way they can describe your passion for a spouse or child… then you really need to take stock. Test yourself and see if you are indeed in the faith is what we are admonished to do. One great way is to ask an acquaintance how they would describe YOUR spiritual belief system.

  2. You’re articles are inspiring and fill my heart with hope and love. Thank you so much for being so filled with the Holy Spirit and helping us to live a better story. God bless you and your family.

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