Have you noticed how everyone loves a secret? Some people are like Blackbirds scouring the lawn of life for them and yanking them out of others like juicy worms! Some are keen to confide, others are not. Some can be trusted but many can’t. It is wise to be wary of those with the Blackbird tendency for such types are prone to gossip. A thing becomes a secret because it commonly has power to harm another person, community or country. For these reasons and the innate desire of humans to want domination, countries have agents, secret agents and even double agents. This photo is reminiscent of a scene from 1974 ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ by John le Carré, a former spy himself. You may never have considered yourself to be like a ‘secret agent’ but peruse this a little more before dismissing the idea.
- ‘Before Jason Bourne, before Jack Ryan, there was Bond, James Bond, the original two-dimensional, world-saving secret agent’ – Alex Berenson
- ‘I don't think anyone should grow up wanting to go around killing people. I don't think anyone should grow up wanting to be a secret agent’ – Timothy Dalton
- ‘Oh, I can keep many secrets, so I would be a phenomenal secret agent. I love secrets’ – Dwayne Johnson
- ‘If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent’ – Thornton Wilder
Born 19 October 1931, David John Moore Cornwell worked for both the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the 1950s. Better known by his pen name John le Carré and for his famous character George Smiley, he began writing spy thrillers, drawing from his life experience to write his best-known novel ‘The Spy Who Came In from the Cold’. Who was the most famous spy? Perhaps Double Agent Kim Philby (cryptonym Sonny, Stanley) or the infamous but fictitious 007, James Bond! One of the earliest novels on spies came from Joseph Conrad in 1907 with the publication of ‘The Secret Agent’ about the sleazy spy Adolf Verlac and his plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. Probably the most famous female agent was Odette Sansom, code named ‘Lise’, who worked with the French Resistance in the Second World War carrying out espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. A remarkably brave person on behalf of her country, she was imprisoned in Ravensbrück Concentration Camp and was one of the few who survived. Sansom was the first woman to be awarded the George Cross by the United Kingdom and was awarded the Légion d'honneur by France.
Secret Agents like these worked on behalf of nations for their security and represented their countries even when it might have cost their lives because of their deep-held beliefs. Christians have deep-held beliefs that shape their whole lives but sometimes others do not know the Kingdom they represent or the identity of those to whom they are speaking.
- ‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ – Matthew 6:33
- ‘The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” He replied, ‘”Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them”’ – Matthew 13:10-12
- ‘The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law’ – Deuteronomy 29:29
- ‘We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory’ – 1 Corinthians 2:6-8
- ‘All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us’ – 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
No secret mirrors or exploding pens required here, but take a look at yourself in the mirror and remember that you have been entrusted with secrets of The Kingdom. These mysteries are to be delved into and, amazingly, to be shared for the good of others.
- ‘The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations … is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ – Colossians 1:26-27
- ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’ – Matthew 28:18-20
The early church suffered because of betrayal, infiltrators and spies. In some parts of the world, Christians still suffer these things. Take the measure of freedom that God has given you and remember that you too are an ambassador for The Kingdom and you have a Royal Commission … for which there will be a Royal Reward for those who fulfil it before the ‘Home Call’ and review! Perhaps we should not be ‘secret’ agents but ‘God’s Agents’!
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