It’s not Halloween any more: Lose the mask!

As I was walking yesterday I passed a young lady dressed as Snow White. It was Halloween after all! “Nice costume!” I said. But as I walked on, Papa took my mind on to how “openly” we “mask” ourselves on Halloween and how we are seldom that honest about other masks we wear every day. What if we not only “take off the mask” of the character we dressed up as on Halloween, what if we also dropped the other masks we often wear, the façades we put up to keep people from seeing who we really are?

For many kids, Halloween is the one day each year they wear a mask; for many of the adults, it’s a way of life! The masks we hide behind tend to make us “look better” than we really are—but not always! Sometimes we accept masks which others provide to help us blend in!

If you are willing to read more, I want to talk with you about a way of hiding who you are which might surprise you. Part of the surprise might come because you have accepted this particular mask so long that you think it is who you are! But we can’t rely on our own thinking here, we must listen to God. The particular truth about yourself I want to expose is based on what God has done in “the new covenant.” The passage I want you to consider is II Corinthians 3:8-12. There God says through Paul:

“For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. . . . For if what fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face” [in order to hide] (nasb).

Do God’s words through Paul describe you? Do you speak boldly about manifest glory in the here and now? Do you proclaim that you are not like Moses—that your experience in Christ is superior to that of Moses on the mountain and that you don’t hide the glory! Really?

I’ve got to tell you, most believers I run into are so fixated on their purported sinfulness that the glory is masked! They assert “I’m just a sinner saved by grace” so often you would think it was their mantra!  Just a sinner? Really? That is a mask that hides the real you! If you are in Christ, you are a saint. You are a saint in whom the God who created the world shines. Because of all Jesus Christ Is and has done, even when you sin you remain a saint! You don’t need to hide your sin; confess it and welcome God’s forgiveness. But please, don’t hide God’s glory in you behind the pious mask of self-abasement over an act of sin from which you are forgiven and fully cleansed! Unlike Adam or Moses, you are in Christ. God no longer remembers it (Jeremiah 31:34)! No act of sin defines who you are, all your sin has been removed, you have been fully cleansed; Let it go!

Please allow the Spirit to speak to you about these things. By the blood of Christ, by new birth and by adoption, you are a now child of The King! You have His character as your own; you are a new creation—created in righteousness and holiness of The Truth. He is the treasure within you—the light which shines forth from your “earthen vessel” is of God, not you. Don’t hide His glory; lose the mask!

John