It takes much more courage to take off an invisible mask than a visible one

Perhaps the masks that we should protest most, aren’t medical face masks, but the invisible masks that people wear on their heart. If people would refuse to wear a heart-mask with the same energy that some refuse a face mask, we would learn who they really are.

A mask on your heart is a blindfold that keeps you from seeing things clearly. To tighten your inner mask is to strangle in loneliness. It takes much more courage to take off an invisible mask than a visible one.

Your invisible masks reveal the location of your fears. They don’t conceal them. Invisible masks conform to the shape of your fears and outline their form for all to see.

It’s easy to believe we wear no mask, while we hide the truth from self and others. Humility walks without a mask. Pride falsely claims he’s not wearing one.

Mercy creates a milieu where masks can be loosened, and set aside. Then hearts can connect. Effective mask removal requires humility. Without it the mask quickly returns.

Relationships based on social masking are flimsy, false, and frayed. The mask of pride won’t stop the spread of despair. It speeds it up. Often our masks are hidden behind our pride.

Many people wear an invisible mask wherever they go, because they have secrets that they don’t want you to know. It’s a wearisome task to keep a mask over your soul. It’s easy to mask your face, but it takes courage to face the mask on your soul and open your heart to the risen Jesus.

Happiness is a better mask than sadness, but creating genuine happiness within you is best. To mask the difference between fear and caution, encourages people to take unnecessary risks.

Religion too often asks people to wear a mask and to pretend to be something they’re not, but the living Jesus changes people inside. A religious mask can hide a lot from people, but the living Jesus sees right thru it. When Christianity adopted the mask of ministry (the “clergy/laity divide”), it lost much of its power.

People who are truly on the rock of Christ have the freedom to stop playing a role. For those who don’t want to wear a mask, “realing” (making honest and sincere statements) is the best way to avoid it. Sins admitted can be forgiven. Sins masked remain. Grace is light, not a mask.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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