Must a person be bold and outspoken to be a follower of Jesus? Many Bible teachers through the years have told me that there is no such thing as a secret disciple of Christ. The Bible itself seems to disagree.
“Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus’ body down [from the cross.] When Pilate gave him permission, he came and took the body away.” – Gospel of John
Somehow Joseph, the secret disciple, gathered enough courage to go all the way to the high official, Pontius Pilate, and ask for the body of Jesus. I’d say the cat was out of the bag at that point, wouldn’t you?
Who has not been a secret disciple of Jesus? I certainly have, and sometimes still am. Only God knows when a secret disciple’s revealing moment will come. So I need to be patient and non-judgmental… especially when the secret disciple is me.