I had a childhood friend who became as close as a brother to me. Jeff was a confidant and a comrade. On several occasions things got heated between us. But after a few punches landed and throwing rocks at each other from about ten paces, cooler heads would prevail and we'd be best buddies again. The greatest part about our friendship was the secrets we shared. Not the sick stuff you hear a lot about today, it was the secret stuff like crushes we had on girls, how much we made on our paper routes, the trick to get into our super high tree house, and the craziest dreams kids could imagine. There's something healthy about the secrets you share with only your closest friend.
God made us for friendship, even secret friendship. Our friendship with God has extraordinary potential to go as deep as a childhood buddy and even deeper. It's common to refer to ourselves as Christ followers or even talk of our love for God. But when we finally realize that God loves to share secrets with us...in secret...look out! Everything changes when God becomes our secret friend.
This is no joke and if we take Jesus at his word it could radically alter the quality of our life. Yes, Jesus spoke of the need for us to be salt and light. And going public with our faith is a common call for every person who's truly been touched by God. But what can't be overlooked is that God invites us into a place of secrecy - a secret place, with a hidden door, and a passcode that only you and God will know. And when we go to this secret place we find the our friendship is forged with God like it could never be when everyone else is around. But what comes of this friendship is something no friend on earth can provide. And God invites us into the secret place to see that he has something special for us...a promised reward. I don't know what the reward will be for you and I can't tell you what he's given me...it's a secret. But let's take God at his word as we listen to the words of Jesus, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your father who is in secret. And your father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6:6). What a friend we have in Jesus!