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The only filter you need
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
March 4, 2024

On Facebook, one of my friends shared one of the best quotes I’ve ever seen attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

(Get it? Amusing, right?) I’m guessing if Abraham Lincoln saw the state of the internet today, he’d suggest that you shouldn’t believe everything you see either.

You probably know that already. You know that people post the best images possible. You don’t see the photos of the bad days, the bad angles, the bad lighting. And thanks to technology, filters can change the color, create an aesthetic, smooth blotchy skin tones, smooth wrinkles, and hide perceived flaws.

Though I don’t use filters on my social media, I understand the temptation to want to look better than I am. We all know we have flaws, and we’d prefer that we didn’t. Ultimately though, we know these filters don’t actually fix anything. They just change how we look in pictures. We still see the reality in the mirror each day.

That’s why God’s filter is amazing to me.

See, deep down we know there are less-superficial things we’d like to change about ourselves. We know our mistakes and failures, and we know that no matter how much we try to cover them up, our natural tendencies to be self-centered are still there. Because we can’t do anything about it, God did.

He sent a filter, and this is the perfect time of year to talk about it. For six weeks each year, many Christians talk about Lent. It’s a time to focus on the reality that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

That can be a confusing sentence, can’t it? Basically, it’s saying that God gave Jesus a people-filter, and he gives people a Jesus-filter.

When Jesus came to earth, he lived for over 30 years without flaws, sins, or mistakes. Not once did he wake up in the middle of the night and regret his words from the previous day. Never did he wake up in the morning and promise himself he would never again do what he did last night. But God put our human, sin-filled filter over Jesus. God looked at all the ways we mess up and blamed Jesus for them, punishing him and abandoning him on a cross.

When Jesus said, “It is finished” and rose from the dead, God said that when you believe in him, “your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). That means God gives you the Jesus-filter. When God looks at you, he sees that

Your sin is gone.

Your relationship with him is restored.

You are beautiful and precious.

You are a new creation.

You are at peace with him.

You are holy.

You are loved.

You are his hand-formed creation, designed to bless the people around you and bring him glory.

This is the only filter you really need.

P.S. I talked about filters today. Time of Grace is running a Jesus #nofilter series right now. Check it out and learn about the real Jesus, who he claimed to be and what he said in the Bible.

Linda Buxa is a writer who doesn’t take the time to mess around with filters on her photos. Plus, she doesn’t have an aesthetic, which most of the cool kids have. Then again, she’s never been accused of being cool.