June 22 Devotional

When I was a young boy, I loved to watch the Saturday morning TV show called “The Lone Ranger.”  The Lone Ranger was a cowboy who traveled around and helped people who were in trouble.  He always showed up at the perfect time to rescue those in trouble.  He used silver bullets, and when he was gone people would notice that he had been there by the silver bullet.  He wore a little black mask with eye holes so you could not tell who he was.  Another favorite show I liked growing up was a show called “Zorro.”  He also rescued people too, but he used a sword and would always slash the letter “Z” on the person he had defeated.  He too wore a mask.


I find that there are times in my life that I put on a mask too.  I don’t use a sliver bullet, or a sword, and I am not wearing that mask to rescue people.  I put on my “Christian” mask so other people will think I am more spiritual than I really am.  You see, just like you, I want to be accepted by people, and if I’m not careful, I will begin to play the game of Christianity without being authentically committed to Christ.  Today I read, “Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom” (Psalm 51:6).


God is not interested in the masks I put on to appear spiritual, He is looking far deeper into my heart and wants to see truth there.  Truth in the inward part of me is what God desires.  Truth that gets deep into my heart will produce wisdom.  Truth that gets deep into my heart will cause me to remove the masks I like to put on.  Truth in the inward part of me will change what I do on the outward part of me.  There is a great temptation today for Christians to simply look the part of Christianity without having any inward truth.  It’s easy to dress the part … to use the right Christian words … to appear compassionate … to fake interest in what someone is saying to you, only to turn and ignore them.


Stop the trend of putting on your mask.  When you tell someone you will pray for them … do it!  When you hear of a need that you can meet … give!  When your heart is stirred … go forward … confess … forsake … surrender!  Allow God to reveal sin to you, and then get it right with Him so He can reveal wisdom from you.  There is no way to hide anything from God.  Confess your sin.  Ask God to restore you to fellowship with Him.  Go out and help others with authentic wisdom from God.

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