Royal Identity Week 2 – Masquerade Ball
Sometimes it’s nice to swap your track pants and slippers for a posh dress or suit and go to a Masquerade Ball.
What is it about a Masquerade Ball that we love the most?
Is it the feeling of anonymity or is it the excitement that you’re dancing with a ‘mystery’ person?
When you’ve finally waltzed you way to the end of the Ball, it’s time for the secret person you’ve been dancing with all night to reveal who they truly are.
You hold your breath…
…They pull their mask away.
Well, you’ll either be living your ‘happy ever after’ fairy tale dream – come – true life or you’ll be saying, “Oh sorry, I’ve just remembered I needed to rearrange my DVD collection into alphabetical order, bye!”
And as you run out of the Masquerade Ball you make sure those delicate glass slippers of yours are firmly attached to BOTH feet so there’s no chance they’ll find you ever again.
Sorry, I do get a little carried away with my storytelling!
But we do like to wear masks and we get afraid to take them off in front of people for fear that we could potentially be rejected by them.
We listen to the lies that Satan whispers, playing like a never-ending loop inside our head.
Stripping us of our Royal Identity until the mask is all we have left. We think we need it to feel loved and accepted by other people.
We believe the lie that we’re just not good enough and we don’t measure up to other people’s expectations or God’s unless we wear the mask. And so we’re reduced to wearing the rags of a pauper, hiding our true identity.
But that’s not how God wants you to live and it’s definitely not how He sees you.
1 John 4:18 says, ‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.’ (NIV)
My family brought me a leather cuff bracelet for my birthday this year to remind me that I am enough.
When I fall back into the bad habit of trying to please people and strive to be accepted, I look down at my wrist and I am reminded again.
When you understand that you are a royal son or daughter of God you no longer have to strive to get people to accept you.
Isn’t it freeing that you don’t have to be perfect?
That you can stop wearing your mask to be accepted?
Satan’s lies have constrained you for far too long my friend.
Your identity isn’t in other people.
It’s in Christ.
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