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What Mask Are You Wearing?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Today is October 31st, and across our nation, children are eagerly anticipating tonight’s activity. Although Christians have differing views on Halloween, the reality is that today is a time when children – and even many adults – are given opportunity to look like someone else. Talk to six-year-olds in September about what they are going to be for Halloween and they will have known for months: this year a princess, next year a doctor or perhaps a pumpkin, rock star, fireman or a police officer. The costumes and masks we wear allow us to be someone or something else, even if it is just for a night.

The problem is, when many of us grow up we don’t stop wearing our masks. Perhaps you have had times in your life where just before you walk out the door, you put on your mask of contentment. What were you hiding? Loss, pain, burden, pride, selfishness, fear, perfectionism? Sometimes these masks help get us through the day; however, the more you wear the mask the harder it is to take off. The more you continue to bury your emotions and fears and hide behind what you think the world wants to see, the more you risk losing yourself.

In Luke 13:10-13, we read of Jesus healing a crippled woman. This woman had been bent over for eighteen years. When Jesus sees her, He says, “You are set free from your infirmity.” Set free. What wonderful words from our Savior. He puts His healing hand on her and the Bible says she immediately stood straight. Don’t you want to stand straight and come out from behind the mask you have been wearing?

Jesus came so that we all could be set free. He wants to free us from the bondage of sin, fear, pride, the world. Can you hear Him whispering in your ear, “Be free”? He wants to heal you just like He healed the crippled woman. He wants you to be set free from anything that cripples you and keeps you from having a relationship with Him. He wants to free you from anything that drains your hope and joy. He wants to free you from whatever entraps you. He wants you to know He sees through the mask and He loves you just as you are. Ultimately, He wants to help you peel off the mask you hide behind.

Shared in firstIMPRESSIONS, Volume 8.44.

Live for God, on purpose, set free to be who He has called you to be!

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