When we get a new job, the job of our dreams, we talk about it to whoever will listen to us. We tell our family members, our friends, the person at the checkout station, the associate who routinely asks if we need help at the clothing store, the hairdresser who cuts our hair—we tell everyone of our good news! We can’t help it. In our heads, the music loudly plays, “I’m so Excited and I Just Can’t Hide it”! There is no holding back of the good news we have to tell. In our heads, our life becomes a musical and we are the lead singers to the world who needs to hear it! (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I want you
The Pointer Sisters, sang this song with full throttle excitement about the loves in their lives. But I have to tell you, when I finally gave up the idea that I had complete control over life, the good and bad, the circumstance, situations, family relationships, and all that goes with daily living and gave that control over to Jesus, I was set free! I was so excited and I just couldn’t hide it! When I got out of the driver’s seat and truly let Jesus “take the wheel”, (I know, bear with me, I love music), we went places I would never have gone before. “I know, I know I know, I want you”, dear Jesus! And I know I like it when Jesus leads me through it all—the good, bad and the ugly.
Jesus brings me through the bad times to teach me, grow me, so I can help others in the near future who he will put in my path who are going through the same. Jesus rejoices with me when all good things come together by Him for good in my life. Jesus smiles when I get so excited that I just can’t hide what he has done for me and in me! Prompted by His Holy Spirit, the excitement leads to telling everyone I know the Good News of who Jesus is and what He does as He lives in all who believe!
With this in mind, read how exited Paul is in this next passage. Dear Friends, can you hear the music of excitement in full crescendo building in the background. We can almost here the choir singing, “He Lives”!
“He Lives! He Lives! Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me, along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives: He lives within my heart.”
Paul, though whipped and beaten, tortured and jailed, slandered and ridiculed, will not give up telling the Good News. The Message was not about him, it was about Jesus who saved him for eternity. He’s so excited and he just can’t hide it! “We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life!”
CORINTHIANS—CALLED AND SENT
2 Corinthians 4, The Message
Trial and Torture
1-2 Since God has so generously let us in on what he is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.
3-4 If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.
5-6 Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
7-12 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
13-15 We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just like the psalmist who wrote, “I believed it, so I said it,” we say what we believe. And what we believe is that the One who raised up the Master Jesus will just as certainly raise us up with you, alive. Every detail works to your advantage and to God’s glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!
16-18 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
THERE’S FAR MORE HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE…
If you look at us, mere humans, and are only attracted to our smiles and excitement, then you’ve missed the “brightness”, the true Light of Life, the Giver of salvation, Jesus Christ. Only Jesus saves. We merely point others to Him and tell of what He has done to save us and how He lives in us to guide us through good times and bad. That’s our God, the One and Only who saves. There is no one like our God!
“So, we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.”
Thank for your daily dose of relentless love, extreme joy, perfect peace, compassionate mercy as you unfold limitless amounts of your unfolding grace. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. That’s why I use this tool to write the Good News for all to read while sending the Light of Your Message to all who believe. Your words encouraged me this morning, I pray it encourages the readers.
In Jesus Name, For Your Glory, Amen. I believe.