This day is known for costumes and masks that hide our true identity and help us identify with someone or something else for a time. It is all taken light-heartedly and in celebration for traditions most of us don’t truly identify with.
That being said, today I want to dare you to go unmasked.
There were two men who came before the Lord in prayer. One being a Pharisee bound by his strict religiosity and self-righteousness. The other a sinful tax collector that had no excuse or ability to raise himself up before God.
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men–extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified ratherthan the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:9-14 (NKJV)
This parable the Lord shared with us tells us how important is that we take off the masks of denial, and just get real with God and others. When the Pharisee came before God in all his self-sufficiency and arrogance he was rejected, but when the tax collector humbled himself and faced his lack of character and insufficiency God raise him up and justified him.
We need mercy, and grace to help in our time of need, but if we refuse to face the reality of our need of a Savior, and of our insufficiency then we can’t receive either.
Today we can rejoice in the reality that God wants us to be authentic. He wants us to come to him just as we are. Who do you believe came boldly to the throne of grace when it came to the Pharisee and the tax collector. I’ll tell you the one who was most bold was the one who humbled himself before God begging for mercy.
Come to God today and unmask. Dare to be authentic and humble yourself before Him. It is the only way to receive what makes you an overcomer in all your circumstances.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Heb 4:15-16 (NKJV)
Between the Pharisee and the tax collector, which one do you think left rejoicing? Take off your costume and dare to go unmasked before the throne. If you do you will receive the grace and mercy to help in your time of need. That’s something to shout about.