When people meet you for the first time, who do they see?
Do they see the real you?
Or do you fool them, somehow, so that they think you’re something different?
Maybe you talk a special way because you think that is what they want to hear.
Maybe you wear a certain kind of clothes to impress people you meet.
Maybe you act a certain way. Maybe you have a special personality that you have created for other people to see.
Maybe no one knows who you really are and what you are really like.
Or maybe you have met someone like that—someone who doesn’t seem to want anyone to see who he really is. Or who she is? – It’s like they are thinking .. “If I tell you who I am, you might not like who I am, and that is all I’ve got.”
Have you ever met anyone like that?
Or if you were to look in the mirror right now … would you see someone there who is doing that very same thing?
Who are you really?
What are you really like?
Are you really the person who other people see when they pass you on the street?
Are you really the person who other people see in class?… or at work?
Is that the real you that they hear talking?
When you speak … is that really what you think?
Has your life been a cover-up? Has it been an acting job to make other people think good thoughts about you?
You especially don’t want anyone to know that you are still searching for the one real answer for your life—the one that will make you feel like you truly do know where you are going.
I’ve heard of people who fooled themselves into believing that they weren’t sick—that they didn’t have a certain disease. One man, for example, was afraid that if anyone found out, he might lose his job. So, he never let anyone know how he felt. The problem was, he fooled himself. He even convinced himself that the pains he felt were not real—or certainly they weren’t anything to worry about. He fooled himself like that, until it was too late for the doctor to help. If he had gone to the doctor when he first felt those pains, the doctor could have found the problem, and the doctor probably could have cured him and got rid of the disease that killed him. But he wouldn’t go to a doctor, because he knew the doctor wouldn’t be fooled by his acting. But he fooled himself, and he died
Have you been trying to keep away from God for the same kind of reason?
Have you been trying to pretend that there’s nothing wrong with your life?
You don’t want to think about God, or what he might have to say. And you certainly don’t want to get too close to him. You want to keep him shut out of your life, because you’re afraid—like that sick man and his doctor. You’re afraid that God might look inside of you.
If he does that, he’ll see what you’re really like, won’t he?
And you certainly don’t want that to happen, do you?
Well … I don’t know what it is that you’re trying to hide.
But here’s something to think about.
God has already seen inside of you.
God already knows everything you think.
We all have some secret thoughts that we have kept hidden in the back corners of our minds. But they’re not really, truly secret. God has already heard every one of them. He knows every word you and I have ever said and every word you and I have ever thought.
God listens to your thoughts all the time—just as though you were saying them out loud.
You can’t fool God at all … so why do you keep trying to do that?
Instead of acting … and pretending to be someone other than who you really are … isn’t it about time that you make the real you someone that you won’t be ashamed to let others see?
Isn’t it about time you stop being a phony?
Isn’t it about time you found out what God has to say about you?
You see, if you let God come into your life–if you let Jesus into your life–he’ll help you make the real you someone that you’ll want other people to see. You won’t have to keep hiding behind a mask.
Think about it……………..