Everyone’s Wearing A Costume Every Day

Masks

The title is taken from one of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries* off-shoot videos, where Lydia and Jane talk about Halloween. The line hit me between the eyes: “Everyone’s wearing a costume every day.”

I know I do. It’s expected and professional and constructive. I refer to it as my black muu muu.

Three people in black muu muus
(None of these people are me)

The thing is, people wear other types of costumes too, the kind we can’t see on the outside, the kind people use to mask their true selves from the world. Some even think they can hide from God:

Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
“Who sees us? Who will know?” (Isaiah 29:15.)

They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” (Psalm 73:11.)

It doesn’t work:

Who can hide in secret places
so that I cannot see them?”
declares the Lord.
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”
declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:24.)

Life Out In The Open

Jesus, the God who fills heaven and earth, lived his life right out in the open. His accusers, on the other hand, thought the cover of darkness would be their friend:

Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns. (Luke 22:53.)

I try to hide sometimes. I hide from my family and friends, I hide from people at work, and I hide from folks on the street or in restaurants or at the store. I do not always show them who I really am. Frankly, I don’t know what I can do about that except pray for God to open me up more and more to reflect Jesus and who he is in my life. Because that’s what it means to be a true person: I am who God intends me to really be because I am in Christ. And when I live my life in that truth, I join in Jesus’ ways and what was written about him:

I offered my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.

Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.

He who vindicates me is near.
Who then will bring charges against me?
Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
Let him confront me!

It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
Who will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
the moths will eat them up. (Isaiah 50:6-9.)

The Sovereign Lord helps me, who will condemn? Whoever does is just going to wear out like an old moth-eaten sweater, tattered and ragged. Why should I hide myself from them?

Jesus, on the other hand, is forever, and if I’m going to wear something I’m glad it’s Jesus:

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galatians 3:27.)

Clothed in Jesus? That’s nothing to hide.

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Questions to ponder: Do you ever hide behind a mask**? How do you handle it when you catch yourself doing this?

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*You haven’t been watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Shocking! Get over there pronto, I’ll wait!

**Best mask photo I’ve seen in a long time. What a hoot!

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6 Responses to Everyone’s Wearing A Costume Every Day

  1. janehinrichs says:

    If I can’t be real I feel so awkward — it is painful for me to be anything other than myself…It took me a long time to get to this point. The problem is that sometimes if I know it is a situation I can’t be myself I just avoid it — maybe that is exactly where I ought to be going?

  2. Anne Bogel says:

    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Never heard of it, but I’m definitely going to look that up! Thanks for enlightening me 🙂

  3. Aimee Byrd says:

    Love that Gal. 3:27 verse. What a great on to remember when we are tempted to hide, or pretend to be a certain way for another’s approval. There’s a lot to think about with your questions. How much do we deceive even ourselves? I think of Isaiah and Peter’s reaction when they were standing before the Lord, revealed…undone.

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