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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Unmasking

Halloween is this Sunday.  Many of us will be dressing up, heading out the door with our kids, and coming back home with more surgery treats than one person should ever consume in a single lifetime.

Although my kids are too old to Trick-or-Treat I am excited because Pastor Mark and I still get to join in the fun this week.  We have been asked to participate in The Bash tonight. 

The Bash is Verge Student Ministry's night of fun, really gross food, and some really great costumes.  Mark and I will be judging the costumes and said food, which means we have to consume it (I appreciate your prayers on that one).

Of course we can't arrive as just Mark and Tina so this means we get to dress up and for a few hours pretend we are someone else.

There is nothing wrong with changing our identity for this night of fun, but sadly most of us mask our true identity every day.

John 10:10 says Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy,...

When he steals the truth of who and whose we are we become insecure.   This insecurity leads us to put more effort into masking ourselves than being ourselves.

The Lone Ranger was one of the most famous masked men on TV.  But do you realize The Lone Ranger was never really alone?  Tonto, his Native American companion, was always at his side. 

Lone Ranger would always call Tonto his Ke-mo Sah-bee which means faithful friend.

Bible says that we have our very own faithful friend; one that sticks closer even than a brother.  His name is Jesus.  Jesus is your Ke-mo Sah-bee, your faithful friend until the end.

And just like Tonto knew The Lone Ranger's true identity was John Reid, Jesus knows your true identity as well.

He knows the good, the bad and even the ugly about us, and yet He loves us and accepts us anyway.  How do I know this?  Because Ephesians 1:6 tells us we are accepted in the beloved.

So if Jesus knows exactly who we really are, and He accepts us anyway, why should we feel we have to mask our true selves any longer?

1 Peter 2:9-10 says, But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God's instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

How can we ever project the night and day difference God has made in us if we are always hiding behind our masks?  When we mask our struggles, we are actually denying God of the glory when He brings us out.

So, after you remove your costumes this week and look into the mirror, be open and honest with God and others about who you really are.

Then and only then can you show forth the glorious excellencies of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God's people.
Once you received no mercy; now you have received God's mercy.
1 Peter 2:10

Check back tomorrow for an exciting opportunity I would like to present to you for 2011. 

Can you believe we are already on the brink of another new year?  

Let's make the most of the 65 days we have left in 2010 by hiding behind our masks no more. 

Love ya and I'll see ya back here tomorrow!!

1 comment:

Monique Barr said...

Enjoyed reading this also. TFP