• Ebony L. Robinson

Take the Mask Off

We live in a world of fakers. Can I get an amen right there? We present a crafted persona that tends to only highlight our good qualifications and hides the ones that are not as flattering. Particularly women from a physical appearance - put on makeup, hair extensions not just because we like to but because we are hiding something that might expose us if people came home with us at night. Halloween (or Harvest Festival) is celebrated in October that many people, especially kids, get dressed up to go around the neighborhoods, churches, schools, and community centers in costumes and masks with the sole purpose of asking for candy. Children do this yet adults haven’t outgrown the need to wear masks. The question for all of us…is who are you really? Do you struggle to be the same person on Sunday that you are the rest of the week? Pastor Rick Bezet out of Arkansas wrote a book entitled – Be Real Because Fake is Exhausting. In this book he calls readers to a life built on authenticity, showing that the way to true freedom lies through reclaiming our hearts, reviving our souls, and renewing our minds in light of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. We wear many masks sometimes for different occasion and different people. When we get dressed and walk out of the door we take our bag of masks with us. We want to cover up our insecurities, so we put on the mask of Wonder Woman, we want to cover up our inability to mother our children in this cruel world, so we put on the shirt from Dr. Seuss Mother of All Things, we want to cover up our low self-esteem, so we put on the mask of Princess Shuri – Wakanda Forever. We have a habit to wear masks and deliver academy award winning performances for our great acting skills. Masks hide and conceal what we don’t want others to see.

So I want to encourage you to take off the mask. Stop perpetrating! Stop masquerading! When you take off the mask you can be who you say you TRULY ARE. And if you are a believer - you believe the Word of God. You believe what He says about you. II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV says, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. This scripture is telling us that if you are in Christ – follower of Him, God-chaser, Disciple of Christ, then the old you is no more. Meaning the things that you are trying to hide is passed away. When something passes away it means it is no longer in existence. That knucklehead you used to be – no longer in existence, being in the streets – no longer in existence, being the young lady, they used to talk about in school because of your wrong decisions with boys – no longer in existence. So, the old you is dead and the new you is thriving. The new you have a new name! The new you can walk boldly. How can you walk boldly? Because you know who you are and whose you are. You are a child of God, you are a friend of Jesus, you are justified and redeemed, you are the righteousness of God, you are set free, you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood.

When you take off the mask you can walk in authority. My 10-year-old daughter played volleyball last year. At the beginning she wasn’t too confident with her game. So, during the game I would call out Let’s Go Robinson and she would give me the look. So, she asked me mom why do you say that during the game. I told her that when she hears her identity despite the circumstance she should get some pep in her step because that is who she is and there is pride that comes along with being a Robinson. The same with you and I...when we realize our identity we can walk in our identity.

Keeping on the masks contains who we are. To get the benefits of the identity we must take off the mask.