Did you know who I was? I bet you didn’t! My false face and costume make me look so different that nobody knows who I am. (Well, hardly anybody. My mother and father weren’t fooled at all.)
My father says that grown-ups play Halloween all the time. They don’t wear false faces, but they hide their true selves from others. The funniest thing, though, is that they try the hardest to deceive themselves! They try to convince themselves that they are pretty good – at least as good as most others. But the Heavenly Father isn’t fooled.
“The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7.
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.” Proverbs 21:2.
And what does He see?
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Jeremiah 17:9.
“There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Romans 3:12.
But God did not leave us in our sin with the prospect of everlasting damnation. He wanted “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:4. So He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who died for us so that we might have everlasting life: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Now for those who repent of their sins and receive Jesus, a new costume is given. The Bible calls it a white robe. All the perfections of Jesus are put on us so that when God looks at us, He sees all the merits of His Son! All our guilt and imperfections are totally gone!
“He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.” Isaiah 61:10.
“He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21.
It may be fun going to a Halloween party wearing an unusual costume, but it’s no fun living a life of deceit and shame. You know your sin and your shame and your failures. You may fool your neighbors and your own family, and maybe even yourself, but you can’t fool God: “For the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off for ever.” I Chronicles 28:9.
There’s the good news: If you seek God, you will find Him. Do it today so that the alternative – being cast off for ever – will never be said of you! I repent of my sins and accept the free gift of God by faith in Jesus Christ.