Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
From there he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, and didn’t want anyone to know it, but he couldn’t escape notice. – Mark 7:24
The fame of Christ was known all throughout the country to such an extent that for Him to travel anywhere without being recognized would be almost impossible. No doubt there was something in is appearance and demeanor that distinguished Him from other men and soon revealed Him. There must have been a rare sweetness in His face, the outpouring of the great love of His heart. There was no halo upon His features, as many artists have depicted in their paintings, and yet there must have been a glow of grace that revealed Him to sad and hungry hearts.
Christ never can never be hidden. There’s no place in this world where His presence can not be recognized for too long. You can hide sweet-smelling flowers so that they cannot be seen, but soon the fragrance will reveal their hiding-place. So the sweetness of the Savior’s life and love will always tell when He is near. When He enters a human heart He cannot be hidden; for soon His Spirit begins to breathe out in all the words, actions, and life of the new follower. When He enters a home He cannot long be hidden, for the home is changed. Worldliness, bitterness, and sin give way to prayer and praise — to the spirit of love and gentleness, and to purity and holiness. When He enters a community He cannot remain concealed. The stories of missionary work illustrate this. Christ will always reveal His presence in this world.
The same is true also of all faithful discipleship. A Christian cannot be hid. If the love of Christ is truly in his heart, people around him will know it very soon. They will see it in his character and disposition, in the way he honors God, in the way he treats his fellow-men.
When someone can hide their religion, they don’t have much of it to hide. True religion breathes out in fragrance and shines out its light.