Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Instagram…
All of these apps for our smartphones have become a way for folks to put aside the reality of life and almost put on an alternate reality in many cases…
Before you get mad, let me explain. It all has to do with filters.
Each of these has a way to alter reality and make it more appealing to our audience…we can change the lighting of a landscape, we can remove blemishes from our faces and add a dog face if we so desire.
What it comes down to is that we can take what we feel is ugly and turn it into something that we think people will be drawn to…something that they will talk about…but are we being real? Or simply just trying to mask the ugliness of life?
We tend to try and do this with sin as well…we see the ugliness in our lives and we try to cover it up by “filtering” it. We try to cover it with a story of how it’s ok for us to do this or that because “God wants us to be happy,” or “God didn’t design us to be boring.” But the truth is, he does want us to be happy, but not by covering up the world and hiding who we really are. In fact, the best filter that we can put on is Christ.
Jesus is like a permanent Snapchat beauty filter. He removes the blemishes from our lives, takes away the dark and the sin and leaves us beautiful before God. He has smoothed out our wrinkles and made us look brand new because of his sacrifice. Stop trying to find things to cover your sin and allow the blood of Christ to wash them away.
Live life unfiltered by the world so that the savior can work with the beauty that is the real you…allow him to be your filter….there is nothing more beautiful than when others can see Christ in you.