Who is the real you? Is the “you” people see really you? Who are you really? When we take a serious look at who we really are, we may be troubled by what we see. Or…maybe we already know who we are and do a good job of hiding it. You know at the judgment, “.. they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5). Standing there before God, we won’t be able to cover up who we really are. We will be exposed and even have to give an account for every idle word we have spoken, (Matthew 12:36). But then God said, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” (Hebrews 10:17). Is repentance important? You bet!
So what about your faces? Think about it, do you have a “face” you wear at church that is different than the “face” you wear at work or school? What about your face at the ball game when the ref makes a bad call? What face do you wear at the store or around your family? Is it different? And finally, what face do you wear when no one is around? You may think you’re by yourself but, you know, God is always there. How many faces do you have?
The point is that we should have only one face; the face that is the real us. The face that Jesus wants us to wear. The face He planned for us to have before we were born. The face that will be pleasing to Him. That’s the face we should wear no matter where we are or who we’re with even when we’re by ourselves.
You may be thinking, “I realize now my closet is full of masks.” “What do I do?” It must involve the renewing of our mind, (Romans 12:2). Get into the Bible, memorize scripture, listen to Bible-based preaching, and pray, pray, pray. Your thoughts will begin to be changed, your Spirit will become stronger than your flesh, and these changes will filter down to your heart. And what’s in your heart will come out of your mouth, (Luke 6:45). Your words will change and you will react biblically to situations. The whole while the Holy Spirit will continue to train you, “from glory to glory”, (2 Corinthians 3:18), until you find that the face you wear at the ball game, around your family, or by yourself is the same face you wear at church.
Let’s all make it a point to begin getting rid of the faces that came with our evil flesh and more and more wear the face of the One in whose image we were created. Who’s with me?
Photo from David Shepherd – Life At The Center.