The Mask of Color

masterpieceBut He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Ponder It.
What are some purposes of masks?
What masks are most obvious to you when others wear them?
What masks are you most likely to wear?

Receive It.
Masquerade, theatrical, pampering, scuba, surgical, tribal, Halloween, sleep…and the list goes on. Masks are most generally used to give the illusion of being something we’re not, for protection, or to hide. Taking off our masks make us feel uncomfortable, exposed. When we take off our protective masks, we’re sensitive. We feel exposed. Our skin, our hearts, are soft. But God will never leave you exposed without His protection. You may not feel protected and safe, but our feelings deceive us. The reality is God will never leave us.

God gives us guidance, comfort, peace, and discernment through the Holy Spirit, who fills us. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God doesn’t just watch us from heaven? He doesn’t even just stay by our side. He fills us! That means we don’t need our own strength. We don’t need our own courage, protection, or direction. What we need is open ears to hear and willing hearts to obey. God has given us all we need. When we mask ourselves, we may hide a piece of ourselves for safety, but we also hiding the Holy Spirit, who lives in us. When we mask ourselves, we might cover up a few flaws, but we also deflect what we want to receive. When we wear a mask in order to receive approval, love, or respect, those things hit the mask, not us. We don’t get the full blessings of receiving what we most want. The mask that was supposed to help us actually ends up protecting us from the very things we want or need.

Live It.
Write the following two verses on index cards or sticky notes and post them where you’ll see them throughout the day. Reread and claim them, especially when you’re tempted to wear a mask.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)

Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

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