During this time of year, we tend to see people wearing various masks. Some are wearing funny masks, others scary. Many people wear masks of recognizable characters. Many people even get into character and make believe they are the character they are portraying. However, this isn't the only time people wear masks. In fact, some of us wear masks year-round.
The 'mask' I'm referring to is typically a defense mechanism. Many wear one so those around will not see the real person beneath. Some wear a mask to fit in with people, trying to seek approval from their peers. They feel if they showed their true colors they wouldn't be accepted. Some even wear a mask to church on Sundays; pretending they have it all together. Posing like there is no sin in their life that needs addressing. They put on their 'Sunday's best' clothes and singing all of the worship songs but have not had a change of heart. They are simply trying to 'look the part.'
There is also a mask that hides behind the words, "I'm okay" and "I'm fine". When people ask how we are doing, sometimes we respond this way because it is easier than saying, "I'm stressed and depressed." .
No matter what your mask is, God hates it! God doesn't want our masks. He wants the true us. He wants us to be upfront and honest with Him. He doesn't want us to cover our blemishes with makeup before we come to Him. He doesn't want us to act like we have it all together. In fact, He knows we don't. He wants us to come bare before Him so that He can restore us. God want's you to be you. The Lord even wants to build you to be an even better you. He wants to break your mask so he can see your face. God doesn't want us to try to be something we're not to please other people. He wants us to please Him.
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.- Galatians 1:10
In what area's of your life have you wore a mask?