This is a beautiful sight, but it’s not complete. Do you see that cloud? Behind it is a gorgeous, massive, glacier-covered mountain.
Mt. Rainier reaches 14,410 feet high into the Washington sky and is so large, it creates its own weather. It is often hidden in clouds, snowstorms, or mist for long periods of time. It even casts its own rain shadow, so that the eastern side of the mountain receives significantly less precipitation than the western side. Because of the cloud cover that often hides the peak, visitors are never quite sure if they will get to see the mountain or if it will be concealed in cloud cover.
Eventually however, the clouds will disappear, and the mountaintop will be revealed.
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:17.
It’s a universal principle emphasized in both the Old and New Testaments. In time, what is hidden will be revealed, and it will be judged.
Jesus is teaching His followers that they are to guard against hypocrisy. In other words, we are not to be phonies. That’s harder than it sounds, so how do we avoid it? We examine ourselves on a regular basis. We ask ourselves, “Am I genuine? Am I authentic? Am I more concerned about outward acts that impress people or the condition of my heart? Am I willing to allow God to change me and lead me or do I want my own way?”
Like the clouds lifting and the light shining to reveal the summit of Mt. Rainier, eventually the light will shine on my heart, revealing the truth about who I am.
May the Lord give me the courage and strength to live a life free of hypocrisy.