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Behind Our Masks

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  Matthew 9:9 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.We all possess masks. For some, masks are our identity. Makeup, hair, weight, shoe size. For others, masks are accomplishments. Job promotions, GPAs, or marriages.

Masks cause us to build walls to hide behind. Few desire to be real with others, so we build walls of protection, but walls of death by isolation. A mask placed over the eyes to protect, to conceal, to not be real. Yet those masks turn into gags and those walls into prisons.

But this should not be what the church is known for. Jesus is not a God of walls. While on earth, He saw what lay behind those masks. Walking past Matthew, He saw his heart and called him to follow. He didn't see the hatred or stigma Jews had for tax collectors. He saw Matthew’s longing for more.

Believers should play it straight, not try to be fake. We are human, works in progress, who are still struggling to live this life on earth. A life where Jesus is changing us. With God’s help, we can leap over those walls we have hidden behind for so long. “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” (Psalm 18:29 NIV).

Dare to be bold by being genuine and by being true about your heart.

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Eliza Downer

Eliza Downer, a teacher by day and a writer by night, can often be found hiking in the nearby ranges of Colorado or sipping a cup of coffee. She lives with her parents and 10 siblings. To read more of her writings visit https://windowintomyworldblog.wordpress.com.


  1. Great devotion. So true. Thanks for sharing.