16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.Romans 2:16
Jumping back in
Alright, I sort of inadvertently took the last few day off. And today, the verses break in such a way that It really only makes sense to study this one verse. But that’s wonderful, because it is a good one!
Have you ever been to an anti-bullying assembly at a middle school or been to some character-development class for adolescents? If so, you may have heard the term “integrity” thrown around, or beaten to death mercilessly by the speaker. I’ve gone through this a number of times, and in one setting, the leaders of the activity had us read different definitions of the term integrity. The only one I ever seem to remember is “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.”
It sounds all happy, and hippy-dippy feel-good, but there is some truth to it. How often to we put on a smile when we talk to someone but mind-mumble about how annoyed or angry we are? How often to we have a gnawing sense within us that we ought to do something, but then we wrench our thoughts away from that spark and do something that seems easier or more enjoyable–or whatever!
On top of all this, the Bible makes clear in many different ways that Jesus is deeply concerned with what we do and think and say–perhaps even what we feel–when we are alone, or bin the dark. Luke’s gospel tells us that Jesus is like a lamp, and when he returns, he will go into the dark recesses of our souls with that lamp. To some that will be a major source of blessing; Jesus will reveal all the good, all the fruit, all the love that we have stored up in our souls, even when we couldn’t possibly come up with an objectively efficient reason for doing so. For others, Jesus will act as a lamp that illumines every recess of our soul, to much chagrin. He will expose every nasty thought, every ounce of gossip, of lust, of unrighteous anger. And he will reward each according to those thoughts.
Andrew Jackson is the next president on my list for making a memory movie. Today, President Jackson will help me remember the keywords “this” and “secrets.”
As a recap, I’m directing a mental movie, and each day I choose a president (in order) to complete a scene in this movie. The scene is meant to help me remember the keywords, and the keywords are meant to help me remember the verses themselves.
Today for example, I envision President Jackson giving a speech at the White House, with the door wide open (he was a very popular figure and often held parties for the general public): “This House is no longer a building of secrets.”
This post is day 15 in a 31 day series about memorizing Romans 2. If you’d like to start at the beginning of Romans 2, please check out this post. Overall, this post is day 75 in a 366 day series. If you’d like, check out one of our “Getting Started” posts to learn more about our overall mission to memorize the book of Romans in one year.