We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2 THE MESSAGE
“You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town”. Luke 12:2-3 THE MESSAGE
Everyone is wearing a mask these days. The bottom of our faces are totally hidden from view. When we pass no one can tell if you are smiling at them or frowning unless you have expressive eyes and the smile reaches that far. Most of the dog parks are closed so even our pups are limited in contact with others.
A mask is described as an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance, or entertainment. Masks disguise us and keep us from letting others see our true selves. It protects our feelings and our heart by keeping others out.
Luke 12 in the Message Bible tells us that we can’t keep our true self hidden forever. The mask eventually will slip and our true face will be known. We can’t whisper in private and preach the opposite in public.
Transparency is the key. Jesus sees us as we are. We stand before Him unashamed and forgiven. We take our masks off in prayer and share our innermost needs, desires, and thoughts with the God of the universe.
He urges us to be transparent in our relationships with others too. What we do in private should be able to be seen in public. 2 Corinthians urges us to take our masks off and be truly seen. We are instructed not to play games and manipulate others and circumstances. We are to say what we mean and mean what we say. We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). We represent him wherever we are and all will be able to judge us by the word of God because of our words and actions.
When we let our masks slip, others can see how God has changed our lives. Words spoken in testimonies from the heart reach people where they are instead of judgmental accusations instructing them how to live. Jesus loves us as we are and because of the confidence we have in him, we can live transparent lives so that others will see Jesus in us.
Drop your mask. Smile a smile. Tell others about the one who died for us so that we might be transparent and free before our heavenly father and point others to him.