Daniel Foster | @danielfoster07
Growing up, Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays. Not because of the demons and miniature devils running around, but because it was the one day of the year I could be something other than myself. Superman, a Ninja Turtle, the red Power Ranger, I could be just about anything I wanted.
As I grew older though, I realized we never really quit dressing up. Especially as Christians, we walk around 365 days a year wearing these masks and try our absolute best at hiding who we really are. We walk into church every Sunday morning with these great big smiles, hiding the hurt, discouragement, or depression we may be battling with on the inside.
This is mostly because the church culture has made us believe that in order to walk through the doors and be accepted, we have to have our lives put together. But that’s not what church is about. That’s not what the Gospel is about. The Gospel is good news for everyone, not just those who are already good, those who have their entire lives together, or those who have all their ducks in a row. It’s for those whose lives are a disaster, those who don’t even know where their ducks are.
Matthew 11:28 says “Come to Me, all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
In this passage, I believe Jesus is saying come to Him wherever you are. Not once you are righteous and have it all figured out. Take off the masks you are wearing and quit acting like you have everything together, when the truth is, you don’t. Come to church as you are, with pain, addictions, depression, or whatever else you may be carrying, and lay them at the feet of Jesus. The healing begins when you remove your mask.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.