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By Lisa Finley
The Father’s House 

The Mask and the Mirror

 

October 9, 2012



As small children my brothers and I looked forward to trick or treating. My mom had four masks we used repeatedly: a skeleton, a scarecrow, a lion, and a princess. Being the only girl in the family you can imagine who donned the princess! Year after year we enjoyed the fun of becoming masked characters.

Adults are much the same. We attend theatric performances with costumed actors and actresses, and love being entertained by movies with masked heroes and heroines.

However the mask we wear is invisible and not for enjoyment; it is to guard from being vulnerable. It has been created from multiple moments as we grew when we needed to hide our shortcomings, our faults, and our feelings.

Some hide behind possessions, equating their worth with their net worth. Some hide their faces behind make-up, not feeling naturally beautiful enough. Others hide behind their profession, believing if they become knowledgeable enough in their area of expertise they will have earned respect.

Most of us share the concept that if we were to reveal our true selves we would not be worthy.

Our maker looks beyond our mask. Masks are two dimensional and He is not. “For God sees not as a man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b. He sees our flaws, our shortcomings, and still loves us! Roman 5:8 makes this very clear, “But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Why wear a man-made mask when you can be a mirror image of your Maker?

As the moon brightens the darkness by reflecting the sun, we are instructed to reflect God’s Son. Isn’t it strange how much you notice dirt on a mirror? The reason is because it is not functioning as it should—not revealing a true reflection. The image is distorted. As Christians we are to remove the sin in our lives to fully reveal the beauty of Christ.

 

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