Authentically YOU

Kim Porter June 18, 2013
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“Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in or relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:12 NIV

One of the hardest things to do in our relating to other people is to be authentic. That may catch you off guard, but read that sentence once more and ask yourself to be honest. Are you real around other people?

In a world of perfection, we can get caught up easily with the mask of faultless image wearing. We walk around with our head high, presenting a masquerade of good-will and covering our pain and worries in sheep skinned costumes. And Christ Followers are not immune to this faulty thinking. We can pretend that everything is wonderful, God is good and that we are flying high on His grace, but then deep inside we are severely struggling. We are angry at our spouse or parents, frustrated with our jobs or maybe just feel exhausted in life all together. Whether you are a ministry leader in your church or you walk into church once or twice a year, it is especially important that we learn to be authentic with each other and with other believers in our congregation. That doesn’t mean we get on a microphone and proclaim our failures or spend hours giving our prayer requests to anyone who will listen. It means that we admit to one another when we are struggling and ask for prayer! The church is suppose to be a family. Its suppose to be a place where you feel supported and encouraged but where you also can be authentically YOU. Far too often, I have been guilty of putting on a happy face and faking my way through life. In church, its even easier to want to do this especially when we are going through tough times. It doesn’t work and its not what God has called us to.

In his book, The Heart of the Artist, Rory Noland said,

“Authenticity is a powerful witness to the presence of God in our lives. It doesn’t mean we are perfect. It means we are real.”

We want to be worshipers who are real before God. It not only benefits the congregation because we are projecting our true selves, but its what God has called us to do. God does not want hypocrites, He wants sincere children who are pushing toward the goal- becoming like Christ.

What will it take for you to move to be an authentic Christ Follower this week? Start with small steps of sharing your heart with one or two believers you trust and then ask God to continue to help you to be real with others you serve with.

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