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May 5, 2017, 5:00 AM

Where are you resistant to allow God’s truth to penetrate your innermost being?  


Where are you resistant to allow God’s truth to penetrate your innermost being?  Authenticity has achieved buzzword status in our culture. Everywhere we look people are clamoring for relationships, businesses, and organizations that are the “real deal.” This push for authenticity has even become a trendy part of church as well. We search for churches that allow us to “come as we are.”  Time and time again we distort and misuse the true meaning of authenticity.   When that happens, I have to resist the urge to do my best Inigo Montoya impression from Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

 

In moments of “just keeping it real” or “being an open book,” most of us think we are being authentic. We might be transparent, but we are far from authentic. We use authenticity as an escape clause for a bad attitude, sin patterns, and areas of our heart that we don’t want to address.  If we behave this way we are settling for a cheap substitute of authenticity. Authenticity never excuses sin.

“You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:7-10

 

The real work of authenticity isn’t just knowing ourselves, but understanding the image we are reflecting.  Authenticity requires a standard for truth. It always pushes us to ruthlessly pursue truth, not only about ourselves, but our creator. Authenticity requires being true to who’s you are, not who we are.  As believers, who’s we are, is defined by Christ. We are a new creation, His masterpiece, the salt, and light.  We are Christ’s ambassadors and this is the image we are called to reflect.

 

Our only hope of accurately reflecting God in everything we do is to understand that our life is found in Him. If we want to pursue truth, it begins by pursuing Jesus. The value of authenticity reminds us that all our pursuits and efforts must ultimately be about reflecting Christ’s heart to those around us. The pressure we feel about having to reflect the love of Christ in everything we do can push us towards inauthenticity, a “fake it till you make it” trap.  Pursuing true authenticity is critical in all our relationships, both with God as well as those around us.

 

Valuing authenticity is always others focused. Living authentically in community allows us to share each other’s burdens as well as help each other walk with God. Authentic people are willing to expose their innermost being to God’s Word and let His truth shape their heart. Authenticity doesn’t dwell on the past or remain stuck in the present. Instead it is focused on the person we are becoming and being an individual who lives out their values.

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, help me to reflect Your heart in everything I do.  Jesus help me stay true to Your values. Lord allow me to see that authenticity involves a process. God open my eyes to the places where I am using authenticity as an excuse to remain the same and not look closely at my behavior and words. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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