Recovery depends on each of us allowing others to see us as we are and not a false image of ourselves. We learn the importance of being rigorously honest in all our dealings with others. We remove the masks we’ve worn and allow everyone to see us clearly.
It’s impossible to display the glory of Christ if we are hiding behind our masks of pretense. When we put on masks to hide who we really are, the light of Christ cannot shine outward. In 2 Corinthians 3:13, Paul describes how Moses wore a veil to hide the light of God that was shining from his face. He wore the veil because those around him feared the light that beamed from him. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 that we are a light to the world, and we shouldn’t hide that light. There are going to be people we encounter that fear the light of Christ. We are unveiled, and we don’t put a cover over the light of Christ.
Allowing ourselves to be transparent and real comes with some peril. There are those who would use our openness against us. Not everyone has our best intentions in mind. We learn boundaries as we build close and trusting relationships with those who do want the best for us. We discover that being real takes up far less energy than it does to pretend. Being real allows us to experience Christ’s sustaining energy instead of having our energy drained from pretending to be something we are not.
Written by Jackell.