The internet is filled with images of people and health care workers wearing masks. The masks are used for protection. They are used to keep one from being exposed or transmitting something to those around them.
This image has not left me.
All day long I kept thinking about masks.
Masks are something that some feel are a complete necessity in today’s society with regards to the coronavirus. But my thinking has to do with our hearts. Our inner self. Our character and nature.
What kind of mask are you wearing today?
Hiding behind masks is something we see often in society. People are hiding behind the masks of self-confidence, pride, outer beauty, career choices, false humility, false contentment, fake smiles, etc.
These masks reflect the inner self. The bible is clear about what masks do; in Job 24:15 it says “and the eye of the adulterer (one who lives a double life) watches for the twilight, thinking ‘no eye can see me’, and covers his or her face with a mask”.
In Mark 12:40 it says that they “mask their wickedness by making long prayers”.
The masks take the place of who the person is on the inside. It may seem that these masks can fool people forever and that no one will ever know the true nature of the person who hides under these masks.
However, this is not true. You might be able to fool those around you for a time, even a long long time, but these masks are not entirely safe in the long run.
Do you know that these “masks” can cause marks and scars?
There are lots of images of health care workers showing the marks and scars left on their faces from the continuous wear and tear of the masks. However, the scars and marks I am talking about are inner self scars. These are the scars left by all the pretending and hiding of who we really are inside. If the inner self is constantly in a place of hiding and living in a place of fear if people discover who you really are inside, then these masks are damaging to the heart, mind, and soul.
The masks will come off at some point in time. You have the chance to take the mask off yourself (despite the pain and scars that will be left from the constant wear) or you can wait for God to take it off when He returns to judge/condemn you. We will all have to face that place one day. The Lord says in Romans 14:11 that “every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God”.
This is where we need God more than ever in our lives. God has a beautiful way of dealing with us and helping us shed these masks. You might think this mask has been worn for so long and it is actually fused together with you forever. The masks might seem to have the upper hand and make you think that it’s too late to expose yourself to your true self. But it is never too late for God to do a complete overhaul in your life.
All you have to do is turn to God. Listen to this exciting news, for there is always hope to a new life in Christ:
2 Corinthians 3:15-17 “even to this day when Moses is read, a veil (mask) covers their hearts. but whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil (mask) is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”.
As we see in this passage, there is freedom in Christ, so take off the mask that so easily enslaves and ensnares you, let God remove all that is not of Him in your hearts, and let him heal and restore you to a life full of joy and liberty through the Holy Spirit who will guide you and make your paths straight.