“‘I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.’” -Luke 12:8-9 (NIV)
We often live our lives by carrying a wide array of masks with us. Depending on the situations we are placed, we put on a different mask in an effort to blend in. When we are in our churches, we put on a “church mask” which presents ourselves as model Christians perfect in devotion and piety. However, when we are in our schools or workplaces, we often put on an entirely different mask which presents ourselves as being utterly depraved and willing to adjust our values according to the standards of those around us. Yet if we think that we can live as children of Christ while conveniently donning a mask to conceal our faith when we wish, we are sadly mistaken. Jesus Himself clearly states in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters…”
When we enter into a relationship with Christ, we are to surrender every area of our lives to Him. Christ’s redemptive work in our hearts seeks total restoration and this means that we must allow Christ to work out His righteousness in whatever situation we are placed. Are there areas in our lives where we are failing to acknowledge Him and allowing His restorative work to be made manifest in our daily interactions? Our true loyalties will be made known to us when we feel that sacrificing our relationship with Christ is a small price to pay for conforming to the so-called “real world”. Unless we acknowledge Christ in all our ways and are unafraid to bear witness for His truth, we cannot expect the blessings of God to rain down upon us. Only when we desire to align ourselves with Him and remain in His will are we able to partake of the blessings and joys of being covered under His protective umbrella. We are only allowed to wear one mask in this life of ours. Will we choose to wear the mask of Christ and continually bear witness to the hope and restoration that is available through Him?
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.