Out Of The Closet

October 17, 2017
by Martin Wiles

Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (NLT)

She'd been in the closet for five years. Now she was coming out.

Collecting old picture frames with photos of unknown dead people is a hobby that my wife doesn't particularly appreciate. She does love the old frames with the ornate handiwork and will gladly replace the dead person with a modern piece of art.

This particular closet dweller hung on my office wall for three years, eyes following everyone who looked at her, regardless of where they stood. Then, we moved to our current residence, and my wife said, "No dead people hanging on our walls — except in your office." But my dead girl with the roving eyes wasn't even allowed there. I convinced my wife not to sell her. Instead, she stuck her in a closet.

One day when I came home from work, I found my girl leaning against a bookshelf. My wife had cleaned the closet in my study.

"Why is my dead girl picture out of the closet?" I asked.

"I have a place on the wall you can hang her." And she did. Now as I walk in every morning, her wandering eyes greet me. I'm glad that she got to come out of the closet.

Jesus doesn't like closet dwellers either. He wants our lights — our good deeds — to shine brightly before others. Shielding a light or putting it under a cover only dims the light or extinguishes it altogether.

My testimony of what Christ has done in my life is the light that I have as a believer, as well as how I act out daily the difference that He has made. I don't have to preach a sermon to tell others what He has done. Because of the snippet-world that technology has created, I need to shorten my testimony to the bare essentials so that I can share it in a minute or two.

But what I say isn't nearly as important as what others see. Words mean little without actions to back them. God gives me numerous opportunities to act out my faith in practical ways. I'll see those openings if I ask Him to give me a gentle nudge when He sends them my way.

Let's not hide our faith. Let's come out of the closet.

Prayer: Father, give us the courage to live our faith before others so that they will be pointed to You. Amen.

About the author:

Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>

Greenwood, South Carolina, USA


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    I have a few pics as well that are still in the closet.


    Excellent! You certainly make your point in a memorable way!


    What an interesting way to describe someone else’s portrait. Wonder who she was? She must have had a name. I do love that our Lord never shoves us into a closet, but always remembers our name and finds a way we can still serve Him by helping others. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


    Hi Martin,
    I mention on occasion at the local Long-Term Care Centre that we all can’t be “Preachers” of the gospel in the literal sense of the word but that the residents when they come to worship or my Spiritual Talk show the other residents that they are Christians and have left their room to worship and /or learn.
    Thank you for writing


    Dear Martin,
    Thank you for this uplifting message. It not only reminds us to share our life in Christ with others, but reminds us also to live the kind of life that can be shown to others in a way that will help them know the loving, caring life that blesses us when we strive to live as Jesus lived and to receive the blessing of knowing we are loved and cherished by God.


    Interesting analogy Martin.
    God Bless.


    Martin, I find this account somewhat confusing. You talked of an unknown dead person’s photo hanging on your wall. I don’t understand why you would have such a picture on your wall if the person was unknown.

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