We all wear masks hiding who we really are. Many times we have multiple masks. Around family we wear one, around friends we wear another, and in our prayer time we wear another.

This is not a good thing. In fact if we take a look at Matthew 23 we can see that this is a problem that has been around for a while. Jesus dealt with it in His day…

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” (Matthew 23:25-28, NIV)

Essentially, putting on a mask and covering up who you really are is hypocrisy.

By this description many of us could fall into the “Pharisee” category. How many of these “masked Christians” show up on Sunday morning, putting on a good show, making it look like everything is going well? We try to fool each other, ourselves, and I think subconsciously we are trying to fool God into thinking all is well. God knows better…

How come it is so hard to be real with people? Why can we not be ourselves with whomever we come in contact with?

I think it comes down to not being confident and accepting of who we are and how God has designed us. Deep within all of us is a sin nature that is filled with pride and self-indulgence. We see our weaknesses and we need to compensate for what we feel are flaws in our design.

We are so concerned with impressing others around us that we will do whatever we need to do to convey a “good look” to everyone around us. But what many of us do not realize is that by doing this we are becoming “white-washed tombs” and are becoming dead within even though the outside may look good.

If we fully trust the Creator and the way He designed us then we would know that everything He does is for a good purpose, even our seemingly flawed design. Nothing is outside God’s control and pre-determined plan for your life.

Masks are simply one of the ways that we take control back from God. The beautiful part of the Matthew 23 passage above is that Jesus tells us what we need to do to overcome this condition.

“First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”

It all starts with getting our relationship with God in tact first. Our mind, heart and soul need to be refocused back on God. Then what is inside will come out. Our true heart for God will be revealed to others around us and that is when you will really begin to make an impact for God in our world.

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