Here we are, the day after Halloween. Are you still wearing your costume? Probably not. Yesterday, I saw so many people walking around dressed as super heroes, politicians, witches, clowns...I even saw a Fred Flintstone (my favorite costume of the day!). We've become accustomed to seeing people in costumes and masks walking around town, in office, on the bus, train, or carpool on October 31st, but what if you saw someone walking around with that same costume the day after Halloween? What would you think about that?
Well, ladies, guess what? Many of us are still walking around with our masks on. We present a certain appearance of perfection, beauty, holiness, wealth, success, etc. hoping that people will think that we have it all together. We post our pics and hashtags on social media so people think our social lives, family lives and careers are exactly perfect. But at the end of the day when you take the mask off...who do you have to face in the mirror? Is it someone still struggling with bitterness, regrets, shame, guilt, anger, resentment, sin?
No matter how much we try to fool others or ourselves, whatever it is we are trying to hide from others will be exposed: the mask is going to come off!
Mark 4:22 NLT
For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light.
God knows you. He created you! He knows every.single.detail about you. And guess what? He still loves you! With Him, you don't have to get all dolled up, or pretend you are Wonder Woman, or try to pray like someone else or give any appearance of something you are not. When we live for God and not for man, we don't have to try to present ourselves to others in a way that will make them "accept" or "approve" of us. In Galatians 1:10, Paul writes that he is not trying to win the approval of man, but of God.
That's freedom right there! Because of Jesus Christ, we are free to be who God has created us to be: His children made in His image. Yes, we are in the process of being perfected but He has already made us acceptable to God (cf Ephesians 4:12). So we don't have to pretend or hide anything from Him. (As if we could anyway!!LOL). Instead, we can go to Him, confess our sins, tell Him we need Him, ask Him for the help that He has already made available to us, and live unfettered by the burdens of this world and man's expectations. We only need to please our God by living our life, by faith, holy unto the Lord.
Masks off, Ladies.
God bless you. Stay encouraged.