Who are you? No, who are you really? Are you wearing a mask that conceals your true identity? If you are anything like me I bet you are and I also bet you would like to discover your true identity so you can take your mask off.
Did you see the Espen documentary titled “Behind The Mask”? It aired in 2013 and was an behind the scenes look at the authentic lives of college mascots.
Or perhaps you are more familiar with a recently aired NBC series, “The Masked Singer”. It is a singing competition with a twist. The celebrity contestants all wear elaborate costumes to mask their true identity while the judges and audience try to guess who they are by voice recognition alone.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching each week but I have to admit that I could only recognize one contestant. I knew who she was from the very first week because no one has a voice like hers.
One of the most striking take aways from the show for me was the consistent reply of the majority of the celebrities when asked why they agreed to do the show. They shared that performing onstage in front of an audience was something they wanted to do and they felt safe to do if because they were wearing a mask.
My first thought was, wow how sad but then I realized that I’m not really any different. I have been wearing masks one way or another most of my life. Can you relate?
I have constantly struggled with approval addiction. Wanting to please everyone, I wear the masks I think will make me acceptable, liked and loved by others. But it never leads to what I’m looking for. There remains a longing deep within. It remains because it is a longing only God fill.
I love God, I’ve accepted Jesus. So why am I still striving? Why can’t I take off my masks and discover my true identity?
The breakthrough began for me when I realized and accepted the fact that this is not a journey about becoming more. I’m already complete in Christ. There is nothing I can do to make Him love me more or do to cause Him to love me less.
The journey is about abiding in Jesus and embracing who he says I am.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing. If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you anything you ask will come to pass for you. Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.” John 15:5, 7-8 (Voice)
Week by week as the competition progressed on The Masked Singer each contestant removed their mask to reveal their true identity.
But we have an enemy and the last thing he wants is for you and I to know our true identity. He understands that when we discover our true identity (our unique story) and abide in Jesus we are an unstoppable force.
I love a quote from an episode of the TV show, The Librarians. As the story draws to a close the character, Jenkins played by John Larroquette says, “At the end of the day there is a big difference between image and identity.”
It is so true. When we wear a mask, we project an image. We must take our mask off to discover our true identity. But we will only feel safe to take off our masks and put our false identities to rest when we are convinced that our true self is worth knowing.
“You are not your sin. You are not your past. You are not your wrong choices. You are not your upbringing. You are not your addictions. You are not your size, height, weight, or attractiveness. You are Christ in you. The God of the universe stands with His arm around you every moment, sleeping or waking. Clinging to this will dissolve the glue affixing the masks to your face. This alone will allow you to be comfortable in your own skin. This alone will allow you to show your true face.” Taken from the Trust For Today devotional by the Truface Team.
Ask Jesus who He says you are.
Remember this is a journey we are on that will be unfolding the rest of our lives.
How would believing the truth about who you are in Christ allow you to take off your mask and change the way you life your life?