October is one of my favorite times of the year. It brings to mind colorful fall leaves, pumpkin pie, and of course, Halloween. I fondly remember donning getups as a child, knocking on doors, and uttering those hopeful words: ‘trick-or-treat’. When I was young, there were no costume stores in our area. In addition, we could not have afforded a ‘store bought’ costume, if one could have been found.
My mother was a master at using old clothes, lipstick, and assorted other make-up, paper cutouts, etc., to get us ready for the big night of ‘begging’. I still remember when I was able to buy my first ‘False Face’. Although it was cheap plastic and nothing like the modern versions, I thought it was great. I was sure no one would recognize me. Of course, all the neighbors did.
Fond memories of that first false face soon fade when I think of the myriad of people I have met since those days. People wearing various types of ‘false faces’. They put on fake smiles and masquerade as being happy when underneath they are in a state of upheaval and confusion. A person’s true identity will always surface and the real person behind disguise will be revealed. The revelation usually comes in this life, but if not, it certainly comes at the Judgment Bar of God.
Scripture says, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:12, NKJV). God’s word further states, “For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17). We will be seen without a mask, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b, NKJV). He knows who we really are.
Are you wearing a ‘false face’? You don’t need to. If a person will take off whatever guise he is hiding behind and come to Jesus, He will love, forgive and save. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Prayer: Lord, I do not want to wear a false face. Help me to be genuine and true.
~ Brother Roy