THE MASKS WE WEAR

Halloween is a time of pretending, a time of wearing masks.  We enjoy this for we have been wearing masks ever since childhood.  As children we dress up in other people’s clothes. We pretend to be someone we are not.  The Greek stage represented tragedy and comedy by wearing masks.  A mask with a frown showed tragedy and a mask with a smile showed comedy.   However, we must not be deceived by outer appearance.  “Man looks on the outside of man, but God looks on the heart.”

What about the masks we wear?  Am I wearing a false face as I go through life?  How do we appear to God who sees us as we really are?  We wear many masks.  Let me mention a few.

The Mask Of Piety.   Piety may be defined as being religious, the outward actions of being reverent.  Jesus said, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  We must not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. We may look holy but are hollow.  Self righteousness is a terrible sin.  Too many think that they will be saved because they are good.  You can’t be good enough. Our salvation is not based on our goodness, but the goodness of Christ, who died for sinners such as we are.  The mask of piety won’t save.

The Mask of Mediocrity.   We often are content with less than our best.  We try to get by with just doing what little we have to.  We excuse ourselves by saying that we don’t have that person’s talents or means. Jesus taught that each person is talented differently but each is responsible to use what they have been given.  God doesn’t ask us to do what others can do, but only to do, to the fullest, what we are gifted to do.  We must strive for excellence in the Master’s service.  It is a sin to give less than our best to Him.  Don’t hide behind the mask of mediocrity.

The mask of Materialism.   We think money will buy anything.  It will buy a bed but not sleep. It will buy food but not health.  It will buy a house but not a home. It will buy people but not friends.  It will buy a crucifix but not a Saviour.  We try to drown out the voice of Jesus when He said, “A man’s life consist not in the abundance of that which he possesses.”  We must not love the things of this world, but love the things of God.  Wearing the mask of materialism is one of our worse masks.

We are to come to God, just as we are, without any mask. The real self  humbled before Him.  We must come repentantly, trusting fully in Him.  We can not stay as we are. We can be changed, made different, by hiding ourselves in Him.  Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, to die is gain”  and again “It is no longer I that live but Christ who lives in me.” 

May God help us to take off our false faces, our masks, and lose ourselves in Christ Jesus.  He knows us.  If we are true to God, we can be false to no man.

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