The Kingdom of God is defined by integrity, light, and truth: not obscurity and manicured public perception.




Luke 12:1-3

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.


A life that honors Christ is one that doesn’t depend on secrets, cover-ups, and hidden truths. Communication which pleases the Savior, is appropriate for rooftop broadcast…not just for quiet whispers in a private corner. The Kingdom of God is defined by integrity, light, and truth, not obscurity and manicured public perception.


Our world is consumed by a preoccupation with ‘image’. We have PR firms to manage public perception, Snapchat filters to hide the warts on my face, and carefully curated Instagram feeds to show only our best side. Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is more desirable than great riches”…but too often we forget that a good name which lasts, must be built on truth.

The answer is not to suddenly flood social media with all of our dirty laundry and ‘junk’–but rather to begin living life so that the words we utter in private rooms, will not shame or destroy us when broadcast from the rooftops.


God, thank you for strength and wisdom to live with integrity! Help me to walk daily in such a way that you would be glorified, no matter which of my words are proclaimed from a rooftop for all to hear.


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