A secret meant to be known

Dear friends in Fallbrook,

“What’s your secret?”

That’s the question after you taste your mother-in-law’s delicious dessert, when you admire your neighbor’s stellar fitness, or witness your co-worker’s ability to get things done.

“What’s your secret?”

When we ask that question I think what we really mean is, “Got any shortcuts for me?” We often assume there’s the proverbial silver bullet for everything—an extraordinarily easy way to get great results fast.

I sense that people sometimes think the same thing about Christianity, as if the church has some special “secrets” for healthy living, prosperous careers, and loving families.

The truth is that anything worth having takes some effort. Skill at baking comes from years of practice, a sound body is the result of rigorous exercise, and personal productivity is the by-product of focused discipline.

The same is true of God. I will heartily agree with anyone who says, “The way of God in this world doesn’t seem to make much sense.” It often doesn’t. To learn about God can challenging and disorienting. There’s no shortcut.

But there is a way. When we realize that the Bible is not full of tips for life but is the story of God’s role in the world, we realize the “secret” of it all is not a special *something* but a unique *someone*. Jesus not only reveals the secret behind how his kingdom works, he also shows us the beauty and wisdom of his way.

We’re kicking off a new series at St. Stephen Lutheran on July 9. We’ll look at several of the ways Jesus of Nazareth opened up knowledge about God through simple, down-to-earth terms.

“What’s your secret?” We ask Jesus, and he answers. What he brings is a secret meant to be known.

Serving in Christ,

Pastor Bassett