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Jesus knows I like to hide. Jesus knows me. Jesus knows I slip into “being religious” way to often. Jesus challenges me to watch myself carefully because hanging out with religious people can be dangerous to my soul.

It is difficult to let people see the real me. It is easier to wear a mask and pretend everything is A-OK. It is not all well. I am crippled, lame, blind and diseased. I need help.

Jesus gives me the good news. God is in a very good mood. God is in control. God is saving my soul. That is all that matters. I just need to do my part and “fear God”.

By this time the crowd, unwieldy and stepping on each other’s toes, numbered into the thousands. But Jesus’ primary concern was his disciples. He said to them, “Watch yourselves carefully so you don’t get contaminated with Pharisee yeast, Pharisee phoniness. You can’t keep your true self hidden forever; before long you’ll be exposed. You can’t hide behind a religious mask forever; sooner or later the mask will slip and your true face will be known. You can’t whisper one thing in private and preach the opposite in public; the day’s coming when those whispers will be repeated all over town.

“I’m speaking to you as dear friends. Don’t be bluffed into silence or insincerity by the threats of religious bullies. True, they can kill you, but then what can they do? There’s nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands.

Source: Luke 12:1-5 (The Message Bible)

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