Whoever has Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or whatever app there is that we use to socialise and share our lives into, has definitely used a filter, at least once, to take a selfie.
As a person who is not fond of make-ups, I am not a fan of filters too. Yet mind you, seeing my face having those little, and not really cute pimps, I open my photo editing app and start erasing those hints of stress and age. Because who really desires on revealing your bare face, with lots of flaws, to thousands of people? [Unless you look like Anne Hathaway (because even when you’ll have wrinkles and pimples, you’ll still look gorgeous. Haha)]
Well, I’m not even that beautiful, so why would I expose my bare face?
And as a christian, we may think that way when it comes to sinning. As much as possible, we hide ourselves whenever we commit a sin, or even a mistake. Whenever someone sees us, or when we realise that God sees us (because He can definitely see EVERY SINGLE thing that we do), all we could just feel is shame and we don’t wanna be seen and exposed.
This first happened when Adam and Eve has subjected to disobedience. They knew they sinned and their eyes were opened to what’s good and evil. And I think they felt shame more than any of us feel today. And of course, the first thing they did after is to hide from God. (Genesis 3)
How embarrassing can it really be when somebody has caught us cheating in an exam, lying to our parents, stealing stuff from our siblings, gossiping about that girl who we think wears colourful clothes that don’t even match up. Or maybe you’re thinking about the sins that you may think are far greater than these. I won’t name them but you may already be thinking about ’em right now.
Yet guess what, even when God sees everything what Adam and Eve did, and He even knows beforehand that they will do it, He sees past them. Instead of condemning and just leaving them ashamed and naked, God actually chased them. He looked for them and pursued them. And saved them.
Because they felt naked, God made them garments of skin and He clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)
Yes, you read that right. And the garments did not just magically appeared. You can imagine this: God killed an animal, removed the skin, cleaned it, and knitted it for them.
This is probably the kind of filter that we wanted. The filter that would cover our shame, and remove our sins away. The kind of filter where God made for us Himself, right?
And you might think God doesn’t make garments for us today. Which is bit funny because we already have all those designer clothes. Haha. Yet the kind of filter God has made available for us is this:
He is our ultimate filter. And not only that He covers our shame from God, He washed our sins away. The old, the present, and the future ones.
It might not make sense how the God who we have hurt so much can even do the effort, and plan a perfect salvation for us, without us even doing anything except to have faith in Him. God, the all mighty, sovereign and dominion over anything, loving a useless and worthless human being is a bit absurd. Yet love transcends judgement. Because He is love Himself.
So in case you’re in a hide-and-seek situation with God today because you know you just did something heartbreaking to God, know that He is continually pursuing you. He never stops and He never gets tired of asking “Where are you, my child?” despite the biggest mistake you’ve ever done against Him.
He wants to meet you and welcome you again. Because your sins? He doesn’t even pay attention to them, nor see them. He sees past through them, and looks at His beloved son, our saviour, living in your heart. He delights in you because Jesus, our ultimate filter, is already inside you.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Galatians 2:20 ESV
Go back to Him. Acknowledge your mistake, repent and give your life again to God. Because He loves. He is love.