Real Life - November 8, 2019
Real Life with Pastor Steve
November 8, 2019
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face (or mask) to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Masks… we have all worn them before. And not just the kind people wear in October. Masks are often ways we present ourselves to others, or want others to perceive us. Masks can be ways we hide or protect ourselves from others. Many of us have worn the mask of religion as a way of protecting us from God, but also to present a good façade to other people. The problem is… masks hardly ever reveal who we really are. Masks never allow authenticity. And maybe we like it that way… with people, and with God.
However, Jesus invites into something altogether different. Risky for sure. Vulnerable, absolutely. But a place of absolute freedom… not freedom to be whatever we want to be (that’s just another form of a mask). But freedom to be who we were originally created to be. Paul says in 2nd Corinthians that under the terms of the New Covenant, we can come before God with “unveiled faces”… aka… without a mask. It is a safe place, a liberating place. A place of healing, a place of being transformed into His image, a place of real hope & rest. In Christ, begin to live your life without a mask! And that’s …real life. ~ Pastor Steven Rowe – Eaglebrook Church