I had a recent conversation with one of my physical therapists which inspired this blog about the woman, without a mask, on my T-shirt. On my seventh visit, one of my therapist asked “Who is the young lady on your T-shirt?” He was shocked when I told him it was me and responded, “I’ve never seen your entire face, just your eyes, due to the mask you wear.”
I continued thinking about our conversation and understood how difficult it could be to identify one another when all masked up. However, the mask stays on for my protection as well as protecting others.
What about wearing spiritual masks? From my perspective this is not a debatable subject. Why? Our spiritual masks identify us as followers of Christ with the first spiritual mask being led by the Spirit. There are many others spiritual masks such as having patience and compassion. Also, being kindhearted and remaining steadfast in the faith. We definitely must wear spiritual masks of joy, peace, gentleness, meekness, godly love and without question–obedience.
I have no doubt that GOD still recognizes us as His creation, but what about identifying us as HIS wonderfully made children? Are we wearing masks of iniquities that have separated us from GOD? Have we forgotten there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known (Luke 12:2).
In Sister Copeland’s ‘Lighthouse’ devotion the scriptures used are “You are the light of the world. A town build on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:14-15)
The devotion read, “There’s a good reason why lighthouses were built. For hundreds of years, they’ve shined brightly across harbors around the world, guiding ships safely to shore. The premise was simple; put the light up high where it can easily be seen. Jesus is the light of the world. That light wasn’t meant to be hidden away. It’s meant to be put up high where everyone can easily see it. And as His followers, we are called to shine brightly for Him, in such a way that others can see it for themselves. We don’t hide it away; we boldly light the way to Christ.”
For the Temple of the Holy Spirit to be a lighthouse, we must mask up with biblical knowledge, understanding, and wisdom of GOD’s Word to guide lost souls to the GOD of the Bible. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been give to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).