Fredrick Buechner once told a story called “The Happy Hypocrite." It’s a story about a man who was born with an awful facial deformity. He grew up alone and lonely. When reaching adulthood, he decided to move from his town to begin a new life. On his way he discovered a beautiful mask that fit his face making him look handsome. At first the mask was uncomfortable and he was afraid that people would find out who he really was, but he continued to wear the mask every day.
In his new hometown, he made many friends and fell in love. But one day a wicked woman from his old home came to his town and discovered this man’s true identity. In front of his friends and fiancé, she forced him to remove his mask hoping to humiliate him. But when he removed the mask, it revealed a handsome face. His face had conformed to the mask.
The moral of the story is this. As Christians when we put on Christ as Romans 13:14 tells us to, our lives slowly begin to resemble Him. At first it may feel unnatural or uncomfortable, and you may think, “Who am I kidding?” But everyday just keep putting on Christ by being filled with the Spirit and focused on obeying His Word and every day you will grow to look and act more like him.
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.” –Romans 13:14
Have a great week,