Friday, October 31, 2014

The Greatest Costume

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world!’ John 1:29
When I was a child I loved to dress up.  I would put on grown up clothes and shoes and dance around like I was Cinderella at the ball.  How fun it was to pretend that I was already a grown woman living my own life.  Now I am a grown woman living my own life and I find that at times I am still trying to pretend that I am someone else. 

Thousands of years ago when Jesus walked the earth, he was in costume also in a way.  He was the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords but if you had passed him on the street, you would never know.  He didn’t wear a crown or a purple robe.  He did not carry a scepter and he did not live in a palace. He looked like an ordinary person.  He did not grow up as a prince would.  He was born in a stable and raised by a humble carpenter and his wife.  He was in disguise His whole life for the most part. He had people in His life that knew who He was because of prophecy and because of the testimony of His life and miracles He performed.  They could see through His disguise and see who He truly was.  They could tell by His actions that He was the Savior, the Son of God.  He showed love, mercy and compassion to those around Him.  So, no matter what He wore on the outside, no matter what His disguise was, His life revealed His true person. 

Disguising Christianity
How about you?  Are you disguising Christianity?  Are you hiding behind the mask of Christianity or do your actions and your words line up?  Are you hiding behind other masks?  You may think you are hiding but sometimes people can actually see right through the masks.  You are actually only hiding from yourself.

The sad thing about wearing masks is that we cannot move closer to who God created us to be with our masks on.  Masks always make shallow what God has intended to be deep; friendships, marriages, families and churches. Everything in our lives gets cheated when we choose to be fake. 
It takes courage to live with no masks; to be vulnerable, broken, to ask for help, to be real.  How would you look without your mask? How would your friendships be different?  How would your marriage be different?  How would your relationship with God be different?

We need to take off our masks and let people love us and accept us exactly as we are. 

God sees who we truly are anyway.  He knows our heart, hears our thoughts even when we never speak them.  He sees the “real us”, flaws, mistakes, failures, and He loves and accepts us unconditionally anyway. We can pretend to the world, but not Him.  There is no where we can escape His love, and no mask we can hide behind tko get away from Him.  We just need to take off the mask and allow Him to love us! 

Scripture to Claim:
Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me; your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.  Psalm 139:7-12

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