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Do we wear a mask?

Thứ hai - 20/11/2017 18:45
We are not called to appear to be a holy people. We are called to be a holy people.

DO WE WEAR A MASK?
 
We are not called to appear to be a holy people. We are called to be a holy people.
 
Putting on a mask while playing and pretending is perfectly acceptable for a child. Putting on a mask and pretending is not acceptable for a follower of Jesus Christ. God is not satisfied with people imagining that they are great followers of Christ. We are not called to appear to be a holy people. We are called to be a holy people.
 
In the Gospel Jesus gives the example of the Pharisees. He says they wear all the holy costumes, headbands and tassels in front of their eyes containing inscriptions from scripture. The reason why they did that is because in scripture God says, “Keep my words always before your eyes.” So, when the Pharisees moved their heads, they would see the words of scripture, thereby keeping God’s words before their eyes. According to Jesus, these Pharisees went to all the important banquets so that everyone else could see them. That’s all they really wanted. They were just putting on a show. They knew how to hold their arms up in prayer. They said the proper pious platitudes. They pretended to be holy, but they are not holy.
 
God might see us wearing a nice costume and saying all the proper things, but carrying on immoral doing things that are not pleasing to God. He might look at those, who quickly proclaim their Christianity, but in reality act as though this is just put on a mask covering over someone who is not open to God in his or her life. Jesus Christ knows our intentions.
 
Points to Pray and Ponder: Do you take responsibility for your faith life? Most importantly do you entrust your life to God? Let Jesus be your guide!
 
 
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