YOU NEED A “SECRET CLOSET”– a place where you can spend uninterrupted, daily time with God. I call it “secret” because it’s a place others may not necessarily know about. If they do, it’s no big deal, but the big deal is that you don’t want to advertise what you do there, or invite others to go there with you. Your secret closet is a special place where you take nothing but yourself, your Bible and something upon which to write. In your secret closet you will undergo a metamorphosis as you reach out and touch the hand of God.
What goes on in your secret closet is vital to your well-being. You will only begin to reach your greatest potential for God when the secret closet becomes an integral part of your life. You cannot handle stress, hardship, success or failure as well as you otherwise will if you establish and frequent your secret closet. A successful, surrendered life is found within this closet. Find, create and frequently visit your secret closet as if true life depends upon it. It does.
CHANGE . . . ACCELERATED
If your secret closet teaches you anything, it will teach you that time spent with God accelerates and strengthens your peace, power, focus, and transformation. It helps you hit God’s bullseyefor you life – personal surrender to Him – like nothing else does. When you begin to enter your secret closet regularly, and do what can only be done within, you will wonder how you got by without it – or, rather, without God. The truth is, you were merely surviving, not thriving.
The secret closet is God’s workshop, where you are the project being reshaped, renewed and reconstructed. Every single time you enter your secret closet you will sit at God’s feet and meet with Him face to face. This is no small thing. As you do, God Himself will work on you.
Be encouraged. God finishes what He starts, and has a strong track record of doing magnificent work.
“God does some of His best work within the confines of a secret closet. Let Him shape you within the confines of yours . . .”
You must have a secret closet, and you must go there often, if not daily, to spend private time, alone, with God. Remember, you are the clay, and He is the Potter (Isaiah 64:8). God does some of His best work within the confines of a secret closet. Let Him shape you within the confines of yours.
THE KOOL-AID HAS BEEN TAINTED. DON’T DRINK IT.
Assuming you’ve created or found a secret closet, you must get to the hard – yet easy – work of simply sitting at the feet of Jesus. The purpose of going there is have face-to-face meetings with God. Once you are within its walls, Bible in hand, the meeting can begin.
“Far too many of us have confused doing great things for God with the pursuing of God Himself. . . do not make your number one ambition in life to be used by God. And don’t confuse being used by God with recognition. In today’s twitterpated, selfie-inflicted world, many are drinking the Kool-Aid peddled by celebrity pastors and Christian leaders who are subtly, if not blatantly, equating usefulness for God with popularity. It is not.”
God is always at work, and if you walk with Him, He’ll put you to work. It’s inevitable. He’ll use you because you’ll see what He sees, have His heart, and will jump in. But don’t make your number one ambition in life to be used by God. And don’t confuse being used by God with recognition.In today’s twitterpated, selfie-inflicted world, many are drinking the Kool-Aid peddled by celebrity pastors and Christian leaders who are subtly, if not blatantly, equating usefulness for God with popularity. It is not.
If your ambition in life is to be popular with people, that’s the first thing that needs to die. The thirst for human approval will always put you at odds with God.Don’t confuse the applause of people with surrender to God.
DON’T WORRY, GOD WILL USE YOU
Be careful you don’t misunderstand the purpose of the closet. It’s not so that God can “use” you, but so that God can love you, wrap His arms around you, and speak directly to you without interruption or distraction. It’s also a key time and place where you will deliberately reciprocate. In today’s busy world, the value of a secret closet can’t be over-emphasized.
Remember: God is not interested in “using” you as much as He is in enjoying you. Sadly, many pastors and Christian leaders have it backwards. Is it any wonder that our people have followed?
Relax, God will use you as a result of sitting at His feet and seeking His face, but you must understand that being used by God – really being used – is always a byproduct of walking closely with Him.
“The thirst for human approval will always put you at odds with God . . .”
Don’t put your cart before the horse. Be ever vigilant against anything that could derail you from your greatest quest in life: personal, growing closeness with God that manifests itself through genuine, humble surrender.
FIND IT. MAKE IT. GO THERE, DAILY, FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS. Find a secret closet. Make one if you have to.By all means, do whatever you can to frequent it for 30 days straight. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or two. But by all means do all you can to go to a secluded place, your secret closet, and go after God with all you have. God will meet you there.
The secret closet must be your first priority – because it is God’s priority. Nothing else in your walk with God will matter if life’s greatest priority, loving and knowing God, is corrupted, derailed or neglected. You must pay attention to your love and devotion to God, because everything else in life depends upon this.
In my next entry, we’ll explore how to reach for God’s hand and meet Him face to face while in your secret closet by reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts.