Behind the Mask
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
I think it is pitiful and rather sad that about the only time you can find a fellow citizen who is not a “phony” is when he is mad. In our kind of society, most people feel that they must always be pretending, continually “putting on a front.”
So, they are never their real selves until they get mad!
When Jesus faced His bitter religious enemies as recorded in John 8:47, there was no pretending, nothing staged for dramatic effect. Jesus confronted them with the words: “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God!”
These were firm and severe words; His enemies answered with angry and insulting words. These men were mad; they were letting go. They had given up pretense. They were acting naturally now, showing what they were within.
As humans, we are what we do! If what we do proves us to be wrong, then it is either despair or obtaining the help we need. Jesus came to change our natures. He came to break old habits of sin, to break and conquer them!
Lord, You have a provocative way of exposing man’s sinful nature. You have a way of cutting to the core of the issue. Have Your way with me, Lord.