CHALLENGES IN LIVING
TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY
Your “Hidden Life” Well
The New Testament speaks about our hidden life in
God many times. Jesus, in Matthew 6:1-8, alluded
to this hidden life. It is as if we are living two
lives – one an external life and one a secret,
hidden, internal life. This is not the same as
living a double life - we act one way with one
group of people and act another way with another
group. Our external life is the physical one and
what other people see – our reputation, awards,
career, wealth, possessions and talents. Our
internal life is the invisible one that only God
sees – our prayer life, spiritual motives,
intercessions, secret services, and the
unrecognised giving of our money, time and talent
for God’s Kingdom. The truth is, there is only
that will remain – our secret life. We are all
very busy and concerned with our external life –
but are we taking care well of our internal life,
that one that will last forever? We will all leave
our external life behind anyway. Which one is of
your minds on things that are
above, not on things that are on
earth. For you have died, and your
life is hidden with Christ in God."
Colossians 3:2-3 ESV
So How Do You
Live Your Hidden Life Well?
Other Scripture passages:
key to having a good internal life is your
prayer life. It is your lifeline with God.
Everything else in your internal life flows
from your prayer life with God. Invest for
your eternity with a daily quality time
prayer life. Spend and devote your time to
reading and studying God’s Word. Prioritise
your life well.
that there is nothing in your external life
you can bring to where you are “going,” and
you need to be unattached to all those
things, including good things. Be ready to
leave them at a second’s notice.
long as you are alive, you will need to put
up with your sinful self. That is why you
should practice daily repentance. Strive to
grow in holiness and avoid temptations – you
know well your weaknesses.
two main enemies of having a good hidden
life with God are selfishness and
self-centredness. You need to battle against
them for the rest of your life continually.
Conquer the old man or woman in you.
God and His people, with or without any
recognition. People’s appreciation is not
the one that you want to look for, but God’s
approval, as He will reward you in due time.
See Ephesians 6:5-8.
in becoming Christ-like. Learn to be loving,
gentle, faithful, kind, meek, and
self-controlled, among many other things.
Follow in the footsteps of Jesus - even if
it is the inconvenient and harder thing to
to do great things for God. Seek to live an
ordinary life extraordinarily; live a
Spirit-filled life. Do not live a
half-hearted, compromised, and lukewarm
Christian life – God will spit you out. You
have only one life to live – live it to the
full for the glory of God - see 1
the gospel with people you meet – so that
they can have an internal life as well, the
one that lasts forever. This is the best
thing you can ever share with others – Jesus
and a new hidden eternal life in Him.
personal reflection or
But when you give to the needy, do not let
your left hand know what your right hand
is doing, so that your giving may be in
secret. And your Father who sees in secret
will reward you. [Matthew 6:3-4 ESV]
are to do good, to be rich in good works,
to be generous and ready to share, thus
storing up treasure for themselves as a
good foundation for the future, so that
they may take hold of that which is truly
life. [1 Timothy 6:18-19 ESV]
this light momentary affliction is
preparing for us an eternal weight of
glory beyond all comparison, as we look
not to the things that are seen but to the
things that are unseen. For the things
that are seen are transient, but the
things that are unseen are eternal. [2
Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV]
references: Matthew 6:6; Luke 8:17; 1
Corinthians 2:9; and James 4:8.
you value your internal life with God more
than your external life? Does it show in how
much time you spend on your internal life?
How do you conquer busy-ness to have a good
hidden life in God?
Caballes is the
Administrator and a
of the Lamb
of God, a
community of the
Sword of the Spirit
with 7 branches
New Zealand. Tom
also leads Kairos
outreach program for
his wife Mhel and
daughters live in