“And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.”
Do you remember when you was a child when you played hide and go seek? It was always a fun game to play, especially when you played with someone who wasn’t good at hiding. Normally, there was always one child who would hide behind an object that wasn’t big enough to hide their whole body. When you stopped counting and tried to find these people, you could always see the part of their body that wasn’t hidden because they were not totally hidden.
In the Christian walk, you will never be able to hide yourself from those who are watching you. Jesus journeyed to Tyre and Sidon to visit someone hoping to have some time alone; however, as much as the Saviour tried to conceal his whereabouts, it was impossible to be hidden because a believer is never hidden. It says in the verse above about Jesus, “…and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.” Though Jesus wanted time alone, He revealed that there is never real time alone as a believer because someone will see you.
I was preaching for a friend of mine in Kentucky, and on one afternoon I wanted to go to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee. I had a busy morning, and I had taken my tie off in my room. My initial thought was to jump in the car and get a cup of coffee because I didn’t think anyone would see me in such a big city. Instead, as I usually do, I put my tie on and went to get my coffee. As I was walking out of Starbucks, I almost bumped into some children who stepped back and seemed shocked to see me. I then heard my name called, and it was the mother of the children who attended the church where I was preaching. She mentioned it was good to see me and was looking forward to seeing me that night.
Imagine if I was not appropriately dressed when that lady saw me. Imagine if I was doing something that would have brought reproach to the name of Christ when that lady saw me. Imagine if I had responded curtly when those children had nearly bumped into me. If I had responded or was acting wrong, or dressed indecently when she saw me, I would have lost the ability to influence her in my preaching.
My friend, let me remind you that you are never alone, and no matter how much you try to hide, you are always open for someone to see. Your testimony is not what you portray in front of people, but your true testimony is what people see when you are caught unexpectedly. My question for you is this; what would people think of you if they caught you when you thought you were hidden? You must realize that you are always on display even when you think you are alone.
Let me encourage you always to be dressed right, even when you think nobody will see you. No matter where you are, someone will always see how you are dressed. You should always dress in public as if someone will catch you.
Moreover, let me encourage you to always act right as if someone is going to see what you are doing. You never know when someone is going to see what you are doing when you think you are alone. Only do in private what you would want everyone to see if it was revealed publicly. If you treat your alone times as if you are in public, you will never be embarrassed or bring reproach to the name of Christ when someone actually sees you when you are alone.