We are going through a JourneyOn Discipleship process in our church. This past Sunday, our study and application time was on the topic of confession. In my preparation time, I was suddenly overcome by the reality of another kind of confession – passive confession! This is not the kind mentioned in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. That verse reveals the proper confession we should make to the Lord.
Passive Confession is another kind of confession that we may not even be aware we are making. We cannot avoid it really. Passive Confession is that confession we make as we live each day – sort of like a high flying jet leaves a contrail.
Passive Confession is noted when we are angry with the person who is our clerk at the store, our boss or supervisor at work, or our spouse at home. When we are consumed with a spirit of anger, we confess it with the trail of destruction we leave in the path behind us. We didn’t resolve anything with the confession, but we sure told on ourselves.
Passive Confession makes known our lack of spiritual fruitfulness. When our lives are not lives of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self –control, then we are revealing our lack of walking with and keeping step with the Holy Spirit.
Passive Confession outs us as undevoted every time we choose ANYTHING and EVERYTHING over corporate worship with God’s people. When Sunday becomes the most negotiated day of the week with Kingdom of God issues always ranking last, our Passive Confession is that worship (and therefore God) does not matter very much.
Passive Confession is revealed by our lack of interest in the things of God – His purposes, His ways, His teachings, His will! When people “lose interest” in church, they have really lost interest in the Lord, who ordained His church.
Passive Confession reveals our lack of fruit in regards to prayer. We might not openly confess to God or others that we do not pray, but our lack of fruit and answered prayer tips our hand.
Passive Confession reveals our lack of knowledge regarding the Word of God. Again, we might not admit to not reading or knowing the word of God, but our lack of knowledge of basic bible facts, principles, and core Christian teachings reveal our biblical ignorance. Indeed, our rationalization of every sin and our resistance to truth that reveals the sin is a confession of how we stand in the Word.
The fact is, our Passive Confessions reveal much about us to one another. We must go further and make our confession of sin to the Lord. Because then our lives can make a better Passive Confession. When we are truly walking in a righteous relationship with the Lord, our Passive Confession will be one of self-control, fruitfulness, faithfulness, knowledge, and engagement. There will be joy in our back-trail, and people will be drawn to Christ.
Be assured, we are all Passively Confessing something! May our Passive Confession be Christ.