Unmasking the Real You

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

“I am not perfect but I am always me”; I recently saw this statement written on a tee shirt. However, during the month of October we often see attire in contrast to this statement. This is a month in which individuals commonly dress in masks and costumes representing villains, superheroes, supernatural, seductive, powerful, fictitious and legendary characters etc.  Although this is often done simply for fun, the character individuals choose to represent can also connote the idea of an alter ego. This physical appearance can represent a desire to behaviorally resemble another persona.  But why is it that individuals want to be something or someone other than themselves, why aren’t our original selves enough? When our lives lack an awareness of the presence of God even our identity, behavior, prosperity, joy etc. are coupled with spiritual poverty.  We are already spiritually, uniquely, fearfully and wonderfully made but we do not always recognize this.

 However becoming more aware of the presence of God in our lives will help us to recognize that we are wonderfully made. Daily meditation and studying scriptures are significant components to developing the mind of Christ in the quest to know our own uniqueness. As we read, His Holy Spirit will lead us to scriptures that will provide an understanding of how certain behaviors can positively or negatively affect various areas in our lives. He will also prompt us to take the steps in the positive direction.   The scriptures are vital to the uncloaking of the potential God see’s in us. The psalmist in our text reminds us that that our souls know very well that God’s works are wonderful and that each of us are the skillfully wrought product of His craftsmanship. God’s presence becomes even clearer when we exercise personalized praise to Him. As we praise the Lord we acknowledge God’s activities in our lives. In doing so, we began to understand how He works in and through us. It is a way of retracing how the Lord is preparing us and putting it into perspective of who we, His craftsmanship, are and our purpose. Cultivating a Christ-like experience in prayer further develops us spiritually. In prayer we train our spiritual hearing so that we may receive instructions. By developing this awareness of God in our lives we find that no other persona can provide the full uniqueness of what God has so wonderfully made. Therefore, rather than mask and costumes, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.  

My sisters and brothers may you daily speak these words… “I am always me, wonderfully made for God’s great work.”

Yours in Christ

Rev. Von Crigler