This entry is part 14 of 35 in the series Devotionals
​Romans 2:16 NLT says, “And this is the message I proclaim–that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life.”

As believers, we have to constantly be on guard, that the things we do in the Name of the Lord, are being done with the right motives. A person can do good things but have the wrong motives or reasons for doing them. If our motive for doing good th
ings is to be seen by “other people,” then we will have no reward from our Father in heaven.

Jesus Christ is going to judge the secret life of a believer also. A secret is something that is meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others. Things done in secret may be good or bad, but they are never hidden from God. No matter what we try to hide in our life, the judgment of God is going to be according to our “real” character – the part of us that others can’t see, but God can. 

A person’s character is comprised of an individual’s thoughts, desires, intentions, and actions. When you look at a person’s temperament about people, issues, and situations, etc., their character is determined by the sum total of their behavior toward those things, not a few isolated actions. You may say that you “love all people” and may do a couple of nice things for people, but if your actions and words, most of the time, don’t line up with that behavior, you are just acting “out of your character.” 

We can say that Jesus is Lord of our life, but if the sum total of our words, our actions, the people we hang out with, and the places we go, don’t exactly fit the character of a believer, just saying Christ is Lord means that we’re “acting out of our character.” God looks at our whole life. Acting religious won’t cut it. Our Christian witness should be the “real character” of “how we live.

True Christian character is persistent. In true repentance, there must be hatred of all former sinfulness. There must be a change in our state of mind where we choose to do good and we refuse evil.

So, what is your secret? Do not be deceived. Jesus Christ shall surely be the Judge of whatever it is. Secret services of doing good shall be rewarded and secret sins shall be punished, and brought to light. When we set a good example for others to follow, our character, whether done in secret or in the open, will be clearly seen by all.

“For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” – Luke 8:17 NASB.​
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