During the children’s sermon on Sunday, the kids heard the Lone Ranger theme and were told about the famous question that ended many an episode: “Who was that masked man?” Our pastor remarked later in the service that he always wondered why people couldn’t figure out who the masked man was.
I thought instantly of Christopher Reeve in my childhood’s version of Superman and wondered not for the first time how just a pair of glasses could fool people so thoroughly.
This morning as I read a devotional from Priscilla Shirer’s Awaken, these thoughts returned. Her topic for the day is “Divine Disguise,” and she’s encouraging us to remember that whatever role we’ve been called to serve in through our personal, professional, and spiritual lives is part of our larger story.
“They are only,” she wrote, “your divine disguise…the veneer around ‘the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created’ you (Colossians 3:10). Underneath it all, you are a Christ-follower imbued with the presence of God.”
Our “ordinary tasks… are not merely chores to be endured. They are opportunities for a disciplined, determined daughter of God to transform them into activities brimming with eternal meaning and purpose,” she adds.
We are not trying to hide our identities but rather to put the spotlight on God, who is worthy of all praise. In John 3:30, John the Baptist put it this way: “He (Jesus) must become greater; I must become less.”
I don’t know about you but I need a reminder that each moment of our days is an opportunity for us to display God to others. It’s easy to get bogged down in the mire of life, but there’s a larger, spiritual context and it’s important to keep in mind our purpose: glorifying God and pointing others to Him.
That sounds like a great mission for this day and every day.