Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:1-4 NKJV
What ministry do we have? We have the ministry of the Holy Spirit reigning in our lives, dwelling in our hearts, and leading us along the path of righteousness–if we are willing to hear Him.
It is because of Holy Spirit ministering to our spirits that we have renounced, given up and now avoid those things that bring shame to us and who we serve. We are no longer walking in darkness, doing the bidding of the evil one, nor are we blinded by his influence, but the shutters have been removed with the Truth of the Gospel and hope in Jesus Christ so we can see–in His marvelous light–the path He desires us to take.
When we know truth, we can walk in truth and speak truth, confidently–to everyone we meet or has a question regarding our faith. There is nothing hidden in what we do–we have no hidden agendas since our desire is to please God and preach Christ crucified for our sake. We no longer have to hide behind lies and deceitfulness or deception because our lives are an open book and we are ready for inspection and to be read by any who dare to want to know Truth.
If how we live is not an open book that others can read with clarity, then we have neglected the gift that is in us and are quenching Holy Spirit from operating in our lives. We don’t have to grin in anguish to hide our feelings, nor do we have to hide our joy and exaltation because of the joy of the Lord rising in us. We can be open about our feelings about the state of the world and in doing so–promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ so everyone will have a benchmark to use to measure our words. If our words do not align with the Word of God, then we must examine ourselves to see what hidden thing yet abides within us.
We love and not hate, we help and not hinder. We are compassionate, not dispassionate. We love the light rather than the deeds of darkness. We are imperfect, flawed human beings who understand our shortcomings and stand ready to receive correction and instruction from the only Wise God through Holy Spirit. We are confident, not arrogant about our relationship with God. We have no need to lie or deceive since doing so would represent Satan and not Jesus Christ. We understand who our Father is and will not serve another. We have no hidden agenda–our openly disclosed agenda–to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ is widely known and we will not keep silent nor will we allow the influence of the enemy to deter us–no matter what fiery darts are launched our way.
The hidden things that kept us from receiving God’s best in our lives are no longer hidden, but revealed as we move through this journey, sharing our experiences and God’s love for all. This is what happens when the hidden things are revealed–we can openly confess our love for God and receive His many benefits.