I John 1:4-9
Some of the most hilarious videos I have watched are when a person puts on a mask and attempts (usually succeeding) to scare someone. Maybe you have seen the video of a reporter who was asking a high school student if he was going trick-or-treating while behind the teenager was a garbage can that, unknown to him, had someone in it with a gorilla mask on. In the middle of the interview, the person emerges out of the garbage can scaring the guy being interviewed; in fear and protection of himself, the high school student turns and punches the guy in the garbage can. I remember growing up at school or just with friends we would always say, “Hey Halloween’s over you can take of your mask now! Oh wait, that is just your face!’” Yes I know that it was cruel, but it was pretty funny. At least to us it was.
As a Christian, in Jesus Christ we are a new creation. However, when we masquerade around life as something we are not or we walk around living in sin, we are wearing a mask that needs to be removed. The word “mask” by definition is a manner of expression that hides one’s true character or feelings; a pretense. As a Christian when we walk in darkness and live in a way that is against what the scripture says, we are hiding the true character of who we are in Christ. We are being something that we are not when we are not living the abundant Christian life God intends for us to live. When we read I John 1, we see 4 facts from the chapter that we need to come to the realization of when it comes to removing the mask.