“[N]othing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Matthew 10:26 ES
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your life played back on a large screen for the world to see? All of the things you did when you thought no one was looking splashed up on a giant screen? Nowhere to hide…. I think most people would shudder to think of it.
… and if you don’t shudder, you might not be thinking hard or long enough about what that giant screen might show – every unkind word, hateful thought, deviant desire, selfish indulgence, prideful arrogance, lustful dream and every act you have ever done.
The truth is that God sees it all. He sees everything you have ever done, everything you have ever thought, and everything you have ever desired to do.
Therefore, when Jesus said that “nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known,” He wasn’t saying that in reference to God. God already knows. He has already seen all you have done, all you have thought and all you have desired to do.
If God has already seen all you have done, all you have thought and all you have desired to do, what was Jesus talking about?
I can only speculate, but it seems to me that he is talking about a showing for you and me and all the world to see. Imagine having to watch that showing in front of friends, family, neighbors and the world. It should give us pause.
Of course, much if not all of those things I might be ashamed about I have already asked God to forgive. And those things I might have forgotten to ask God to forgive specifically, I have asked Him generally for his forgiveness.
That is what the Holy Spirit does for us. He brings us to a place of repentance. He shines His light in the secret places of our lives and hearts and exposes them, if we let Him do His work, He brings us to a place where we ask for forgiveness and submit ourselves to the work of the Holy Spirit within us to perfect us and to put to death the deeds of the flesh.
This is not just a one time “cleansing”, but a continual effort to return, again and again, to the well of grace and forgiveness and to submit again and again to the work of the Spirit within us as we (hopefully) are becoming like the Father from the inside out.
And we are fortunate to have confidence in God’s promise:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)