about

I process things I'm learning by writing, and if I think they might be helpful to others, I publish them here. If even one person reads something I wrote and it helps them, it's well worth it.

The name of this blog comes from something Jesus said in Matthew 5:

"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

When I was newly saved, I thought that to be a really good Christian meant to be one of those powerful and charismatic leaders who filled stadiums with thousands, knocked people to the ground with a touch to the forehead, and healed impossible diseases.

Now, I see things differently. What I have realized is that God wants our love, our worship, and our obedience to be formed through communion with him in “the inner room”—the secret places of our homes and our hearts.

Most of us are not called to be famous, public ministers. The vast majority of us are called to faithful, quiet lives where we live out our love for Jesus in our families, our work, our neighbourhoods, or wherever God has placed us. Nevertheless, this has great influence. Together, we are the salt of the earth.

God wants our hearts. He loves and values far more the Christian who agonizes over a difficult decision in private and makes the God-honouring choice, than the megachurch pastor whose heart is arrogant and far from him. He loves and values far more the believer who gives her time to worship and prayer alone at home, than the big-name worship leader whose love is cold. He honours far more the son who moves home to care for his ageing father and share Jesus with him, than the missionary who moves across the world but has lost faith in the gospel.

God sees in secret, and will judge the things done in secret. At that time, many will be highly honoured whom nobody in the world noticed. Others will be disappointed whom everyone thought would receive a great reward. I, for one, want to be one whose faith is found to be genuine in “the inner room”. If you’re with me, I hope some of the things I’m learning in my life of faith may encourage you on your own journey.