The largest part of Jesus’ life was hidden… When we think about Jesus we mostly think about his words and miracles, his passion, death, and resurrection, but we should never forget that before all of that Jesus lived a simple, hidden life in a small town, far away from all the great people, great cities, and great events. Jesus’ hidden life is very important for our own spiritual journeys. If we want to follow Jesus by words and deeds in the service of his Kingdom, we must first of all strive to follow Jesus in his simple, unspectacular, and very ordinary hidden life.

-Henri Nouwen

          

We all played the popular hide and seek game when we were greasy haired and wild eyed kids.  And while the version we played or where we played may have differed—the object of the game remained the same—to find a clever spot to hide.  And if you weren’t the one hiding, the task at hand was to look anywhere and everywhere until you found your counterpart.

When people look for us do they find only us—or do they see a representative of the living God?  Do they find a Jesus-follower or a self-promoter?  I have folks in my life that when I get near them I can sense the presence of God.  Can that be said of you?  While God resides in every nook and cranny of our world and the worlds we know not of—he is in every valley and on every mountain top—and he’s in the cry of a new born baby.  The question for us is: Is he hidden within us—and if so—we don’t have to tell anyone, they can’t help but see his countanance upon us.  When we follow Jesus, others shouldn’t have to seek very long to see some mark of his impact upon our lives. 

2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.   (Colossians 3:2-3, ESV)

To be a Jesus-follower is to be hidden away in Christ no matter where life finds you. 

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