- Christians take off your mask! ~Charisma Magazine
Do you wear a mask, or do people know the “real” you? Do you want to make sure that people see you as successful, attractive, smart, charming, and talented? Or do you place your confidence in God, releasing the confidence you have in yourself, and with humility, live in truth?
Beloved, you were created by God to be loved. Not only by God, but to be loved by other people. It is a rudimentary human need. We spend a great deal of time in our lives making sure that we feel loved. We will do almost anything to make sure that people see the “lovable” parts of us. But in doing this, we mask what we think are our “unlovable” characteristics.
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Wearing a mask hinders you from having an intimate relationship with God. As you strive to impress people with your outward appearance and gain their acceptance, you drive a wedge between yourself and God. In order to live to please God, we have to take off the mask and show people who we are without fear or hesitation.
There are three basic reasons why we wear masks, and all of them are based on fears: We fear being exposed, we fear rejection, and we fear being hurt emotionally. These are all real fears, and everybody experiences them in their lives at some point. It’s why we hide who we really are.
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.
Proverbs, 29:25 MSG
Beloved, feeling judged by the world’s standards may be one of the hardest things we endure during our life here on earth. The desire for praise, attention, to appear strong, and acceptance, are just a few reasons by which we use our outward appearance to mask who we really are.
Instead of striving to receive attention from the people around you, let’s focus on how we can live to please God. Instead of focusing on your identity here on earth, focus on Jesus. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27); and as you begin to focus on Him instead of yourself, what the world thinks will no longer matter and your mask will come off!
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7, NKJV
Here are some truths that will help us to unmask who we are and build a trusting, loving relationship with our Father in heaven:
- We are all sinners; only with God can we be forgiven.
- God is in charge of our lives; we cannot take credit for them.
- We are significant to God, not the world.
- Weakness causes you to rely on God.
- There is strength in living to glorify God.
- There is truth in humility.
- God’s love does not judge; it protects us.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Romans, 12:9 NKJV
Beloved, it is only God’s grace that keeps us from being condemned for our sins. As we build a strong, confident relationship with our Father, the need to please the world will fall away. As we live in truth and place our confidence in God, we will be freed from inferiority and pride. Take the mask off today, remove the false image of yourself, and expose your true character. Let the world see what God sees–your heart. Let all that you do be done with love (I Corinthians 16:14, NKJV).
Say this faith declaration out loud: Father, thank You for Your relationship with me. I will strive to remove my mask and live in humility. As I live to glorify You and give You the credit and glory for my life, what the world thinks will no longer matter. I will live by Your standards, not the world’s. Hallelujah!
For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
I Corinthians 2:11, NIV
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15, NKJV
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
Ephesians 4:25, NIV
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