Monday, March 3, 2008
The Great Unmasking
Yesterday, at a Bible study in our home, my husband shared this:
"What if everyone who came to church was welcomed at the entrance by a greeter who opened the door for them and said 'Come on in, but first please take off your mask and leave it here at the door.'?"
Authenticity---that is what he is talking about. True fellowship. So many times we as Christians can put up great barriers, not just between us and the unsaved but between ourselves and other Christians----the very ones Christ said whom we were to seek fellowship with. We are too busy looking perfect and pretending to be what we really are not, causing many others to stumble and prohibiting healing. No one can see the Cross because they are too transfixed with the unattainable. Unfortunately we divide the body of Christ and shun the lost with our destructive idolatry. No one can get near the Cross because of the great walls we have built. It is nothing but silent modern day Phariseeism.
I don't ever want to build those kind of walls with anyone. With friends, unbelievers or people who read this blog. The truth of the matter is I am no different from any of you. The things I write on this blog is just as much to encourage and inspire me than it is to encourage you and as it is a keepsake for my children to look back and see my heart when I am gone.
I want to always remember what Christ did for me---and I want to keep my life missional. The minute I have an inward focus it means death. True life begins with Christ as we serve others. We cannot put anything on a pedestal above Christ. Not even good things like ourselves, our families, our homeschooling or our agendas. We must become 'all things to all men' because if we really believe that the gospel is true--then time is short and people are perishing.
Let me ask you today---what things need unmasking in your life? Are you being honest with yourself? Are you living a missional life or are you in a holy huddle mode of 'us four and no more'? Do what it takes today to live your life fully and be on mission with Christ---take off the mask and show who Jesus really is in a culture that desperately needs to see Him.