“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father,
who is unseen. . .” (Matthew 6:6).
Are you a “closet” Christian? There are two kinds of Christians that fall into this category, one is bad and one is good.
The bad ones hide the fact from others that they are Christians. Joseph of Arimathea was such a man. It is said of him, “Joseph was a disciple, but secretly, because he feared the Jews” (John 19:38). Secret disciples never let their light shine, so they never brighten the corner where they are, or anywhere else. In addition, they walk on dangerous ground. Jesus said, “. . . whosoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:33).
The good kind follows the example and teachings of Jesus, particularly when they pray. They go to a place where they can be alone with God. They don’t pray to be seen, or to impress others. They do not pray for the same things repeatedly, thinking God did not hear them, or believing as some children do, that if they worry their parents (God) long enough, they can get anything they want. They pray asking only for those things that are in His will or nature, and they pray mainly in order to have a more intimate relationship with Him.
We need to ask ourselves if we are “closet” Christians who hide our relationship with Christ, or are we “closet” Christians only in the sense that we follow both the example and teachings of Jesus in prayer. Which are we?
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com