MArquel Nickens

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MARQUEL NICKENS

1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

How often have we entered a specific social situation and immediately put on a mask so that we can fit in? Maybe it’s at school where you wear certain clothes so that the hipsters will accept you, or at your youth group where you act like everything is A-OK and that you never struggle with anything. Our friends may fall for the masks we wear but God doesn’t. He knows the real you; He created you. There is no use trying to cover up your messiness around God; he’ll see right through it.

The truth is that everyone is messy, and we could help each other out so much better if we all just acknowledged our messiness and stopped acting like we’re perfect. It’s exhausting. A good place to start is being real with God. He doesn’t see the cool clothes you wear or the way you talk in order to fit in; God looks at your heart. The more real you become with God and the more you realize that he loves you despite all your messiness the easier it will become to be real with everyone around you too. No matter how good your mask is, people will eventually see through it. Be who God made you and thrive in the knowledge that you are perfectly and wonderfully made.

QUESTION 1. Do you put on a mask when you are in certain social situations?
QUESTION 2. Is it easy to maintain that mask or is it exhausting? Why is it so hard to just be yourself and be real?
CHALLENGE: Seek a personal and real relationship with God. Don’t coast through life just going through the outward motions. Ask God to break those masks and he will.