We know that there is absolutely nothing pretty or glamorous about a mummy-especially one who has been mummified for quite a while. The sad reality is that many people are walking around today as "pretty mummies."
In the wonderful world of social media, it is so easy to put up a post, upload a picture that radiates nothing but contentment and happiness. You can say all of the right words. Your facial expression exudes absolutely no care in the world. In fact, with this fancy technology we have now, we have something called "filters," (I use them, too) which enables users to enhance and retouch their photos to eliminate every blemish and smooth out the "rough edges." Oftentimes, and unfortunately, people often get sucked into believing that things are just so "happy-go-lucky" and perfect for that individual, and because our lives are seemingly in complete contrast to what we're seeing, it evokes a spirit of depression and lack of self-worth; and our esteem is only boosted through "likes," "shares" and pleasurable comments.
Do you not realize that what you're seeing is done selectively? In other words, they chose to post the good things-that heartwarming date at the fanciest restaurant in town, that new handbag, the new shoes, the new "boo," smiling and looking like their relationship is flawless and fairy tale like. And although the picture captures one thing, the reality could be terribly different. That relationship could be an abusive one, but social media friends wouldn't know that based upon the latest upload. The new shoes could have been stolen or purchased with bill money that was designated for something due like, last week! People select what they want you to see. And the bigger picture could look extremely dry and desolate, and just cropped to see perfection, layered with a couple of filters. They are not going to post the bad days, the arguments (then again, some will sadly to obtain validation and support...), but for the most part, people will only present a perfect picture.
Many are dressed up, from their hair to their freshly-done toenails. Clothes perfect and designed by the top designers; makeup flawless and meanwhile, rigor mortis is setting in on the inside. Outside, they look like they lack absolutely nothing, and inwardly, they are screaming for help. Inwardly, they are dried up and weary. They are masking the true issues and not addressing those issues. They are pretty mummies. Or, in a term most familiar with today's society and culture, they are the "walking dead."
Well, what is a mummy?
A mummy is defined as, "a body embalmed or treated for burial with preservatives in the manner of the ancient Egyptians" or "a body unusually well preserved." (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) To preserve is to "keep (something) in its original state or in good condition" or "to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction: protect."
Picture courtesy of Google
The above picture is the outward appearance or "death mask" of Tutankhamun, better known as "King Tut." The outward appearance seems flawless, bedecked with royal colors. The gold is shining. The face is well structured. But when that mask, that casing or the sarcophagus is cracked open, you'll see a drastic, contrasting image. You'll see a mummy. Feel free to Google to the actual corpse of King Tut. I've seen images of what Tut really looks like and I can tell you, it's no where near the above image!
According to Wikipedia, a sarcophagus is a box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse, commonly carved in stone and placed above ground. It further says that "The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek σάρξ sarx meaning "flesh", and φαγεῖνphagein meaning "to eat", hence sarcophagus means "flesh-eating."
We want the flesh to die (Romans 8, 1 Corinthians 15:31); question is: What's eating away at your spirit?
People are trying to protect an image while their current spiritual state is eating away at them, from the inside out. Some of us are behaving in a way that alludes people to believe a false idea of our true feelings or situation...a facade. We have some modern-day Lazaruses walking this earth. Meanwhile, Jesus is standing there at the foot of your tomb (your mind, your heart, your soul) and He's ready to strip you of your burial garments that's holding you hostage and taking you to an early spiritual grave. He's yelling for you (the real you, your real state) to come forth! (Read John 11)
DEPRESSION: COME FORTH!
SUICIDAL THOUGHTS: COME FORTH!
OPPRESSION: COME FORTH!
LOW SELF-ESTEEM: COME FORTH!
SIN: COME FORTH!
ADDICTION: COME FORTH!
JEALOUSY: COME FORTH!
LYING SPIRIT: COME FORTH!
PRIDE: COME FORTH!
HURT: COME FORTH!
BITTERNESS: COME FORTH!
FEELING OF WORTHLESSNESS: COME FORTH!
MALICIOUS INTENT: COME FORTH!
Don't stay in tomb. Climb out of that sarcophagus, come forth and allow the Great Physician, the ultimate healer, JESUS THE CHRIST, the anointed one, to bring you into a new place of LIFE-THE ABUNDANT LIFE, that's filled with peace, joy, love, forgiveness. Let Jesus strip you of those burial garments and wrap you with a garment of praise! Walk in the newness of life! No more facades! No more putting on an act. Be real and allow the Helper to help you! You have not, because you ask not.
In His Love,