Take off the masks of shame and fear …
In the beginning, we were not ashamed, Genesis tells us, until we departed God’s way.
The mask of shame separates us to hide our flaws from others.
The mask of fear alienates us to keep others from discovering our deep dark secret that we don’t measure up.
Shame for being flawed, and fear that others will find out we’re flawed.
God donned a cloak of flesh to lead us on the trail to overcoming shame and fear.
Yes, we’re flawed. And yes, we don’t measure up.
But Jesus measures up with no flaws. His blood covers us, strips the need for fig leaves. He lifts us out from behind the mask-barricade of shame and fear to His Throne of Grace, Truth and Life, clothed with His righteousness.
Behind fear we pretend we know what we’re doing to keep others from finding out we don’t have what it takes. In Christ we lay down our pride to find true significance. We see His image reflected, our sin that warps the reflection, and His forgiveness that empowers us to fulfill His purpose.
Behind shame we dress to fit in with others. In Christ, we already fit secure in Him with boldness to follow His path of love toward others.
Behind fear we smile to hide our disabling hurt. In Christ, we surrender our hurt so His healing can flow to ourselves and others.
Behind shame we twist our tales so people don’t know how weak we really are. In Christ we recognize our weakness as evidence of God’s amazing mercy. We find forgiveness and rest in who He’s shaping us to be.
Behind fear we strive to build and prolong the stubble of prestige and power. In Christ, we yield our prestige to His fire, and He gives us the power of His love. He builds us as unshakeable gold on the eternal Rock of Himself.
Behind shame we shy away. Behind fear we push our way. In Christ, we find The Way to confidence and rest.
Everyone of us sees through a glass darkly. Everyone. We know in part and prophesy in part. In Christ, we share the part He’s given us, and receive the part that others share. Partaking in the body of Christ together with abandoned trust in our King, the masks fall away. We all become more whole.
Genesis 2:25; 3:10; Isaiah 30:15; 54:4; Matthew 7:24-27; Romans 3:22-26; 10:11; 1 Corinthians 3:11-17; 13:9, 12-13; II Corinthians 3:17-18; II Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 4:15-16; Revelation 3:17-18; 1 John 2:28