Here is the devotional:
Two questions we will discuss today:
1. Who am I?
2. Who am I created to be?
Honesty time: Do you struggle to be the same person on Sunday morning that you are during the rest of your week? Does it drive you nuts that you are different when you walk into this place and then out “there” you are someone else? Do you feel like you speak in a different voice at work than you do to your friends? Do you find yourself using one tone with your wife and one with a client?
A few months back, we did Halloween in our neighborhood. It’s a fun time where kids will travel with parents around neighborhoods dressed in costume and masks for the sole purpose of collecting candy.
While many of us have outgrown going door to door asking for candy, we have never outgrown the need for wearing masks in front of our friends and even family. Oh, your mask may not be visible or physical. But it’s there. Even worse we may even be fooling ourselves. And the question of: “Who are you? I mean…who are you REALLY?” has you totally frustrated and confused. I believe many are struggling to be the same person on Sunday morning that they are during the rest of the week. And so wearing their mask has them totally content. Maybe you like your mask; even if it’s false.
There are only two purposes of wearing a mask:
1. To change your identity. At Church, you look like a Christian. Around non-Christians, you blend in just fine, because you wear a mask to ‘fit in.’ And like a chameleon, you secure your cover in place because you want to blend into your surroundings.
2. To hide your identity. You don’t want people to see the ‘real’ you.
Let me tell you two truths about the masks you wear:
1. None of the masks you wear are remotely close to who you are!
2. None of the masks you wear are remotely close to who God created you to be!
Here are the scriptures referenced:
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 4:2 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
To be completely honest they really didn’t answer the questions they started with, did they?
Yes, we all wear masks to cover up the real us.
And even saying I’m a sinner saved by grace is a mask of sorts😮
If the truth be known I believe many of us put the mask on to go to church.
You really don’t need to. Everyone knows your messed up anyway. We all are.
Another thing is that some of us wear so many different mask that we really don’t know who we are.
And those same masks keep us from being what we were created for.
Allow me to break this down…
If you are not a Christian you are simply a sinner and will never know what you were created for because you don’t believe in the Creator. Plain and simple!
If you are a Christian…yes you are sinner saved by grace. But that “cliche” is used by both men and women who still have not come to terms with their sin. They use it to keep sinning the same ole sins😥
Everyone was created in the image of God. His breath is what gives us life.
We were created to worship and walk in fellowship with the Creator! That is only available now, thanks to sin entering the world, through Jesus Christ!
You want to know who you are and what you were created to be? Then let your first glance be to the cross were Jesus paid for your sin with His Life!
Let this verse be your daily prayer…
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10 KJV
Your second step should be on your knees in prayer asking the Lord to forgive you of your sinful ways and ask him to take your heart of stone and soften it. For it is only with a softened heart will you begin to learn who you are and what you were created to be.
Who you are is child of God, cherished, loved and an heir in Christ.
Who you were created to be in different for each of us. God is not using a cookie cutter in Heaven. He has given each one of us different gifts and talents to be used for what we were created to be.
Seek Him…He will reveal it to you in His time not yours.