, Muskogee, OK

October 28, 2013

Halloween masks parallel the way many people live

By Barrett Vanlandingham
Fort Faith

— When I was a little boy, I loved Halloween! I took the advice of my older, more experienced cousin, Steve (yes, I am naming names), and went trick-or-treating all around my neighborhood, and then put on a different mask, and went around my neighborhood again!  

What a concept! My cousin said it worked for him, so I thought I would give it a try.

I received twice as much candy without even having to leave my block! But my scheme eventually failed.

The little old lady, Mrs. Girdner, who lived next door, was not tricked at all.

I still remember like it was yesterday when she said, “Hey, I think you’ve been by here already, haven’t you?” I still remember how shocked

I was that Mrs. Girdner appeared to know who I was even though I was wearing a different costume including a different mask!

There was no fooling Mrs. Girdner. Of course, now, I am reasonably certain I didn’t fool anyone else either.

Many people put on different masks when it’s not even Halloween, people who are not comfortable with their identity and are still searching for something to fill that void, something that would make them feel a sense of real worth and value.

So, they wear different masks, not the kind made of plastic or even the kind that involve stage make-up and wigs.

But that doesn’t stop people from pretending to be someone they’re not. Most of the time they don’t fool anyone, and eventually their true identity is uncovered, one way or another.

Jesus wants everyone to know exactly who they are, and that it is possible to live a life of true joy and confidence in their identity.

The Bible is full of scriptures on this topic that are a big help.

Take, for instance, Paul’s letter to the Colossian church which says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority (Col. 2:10).”  

This same promise applies to us today.

Simply put, if you have a good relationship with Christ, you have everything you need.

Material possessions are temporary, outward identities can change, and even friends and fame can come and go.

But putting your identity in Jesus Christ clothes you in the very One who triumphed over the cross! (ref: Col. 2:15)  

Now, if that isn’t something awesome to attach your identity to, I don’t know what is! In John 10:10, Jesus who said these words in reference to those who choose salvation through him,

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

There are lots of temporary identities.

Some can even bring happiness for a short while. But only Jesus Christ has the power to bring real, full meaning to your life, both now and forever.

Have a great week!