The older I get, the more I realize that I don’t have patience for things that are false. If something is not honest and true, long lasting, and real I don’t want it around me. My husband helped me to learn the difference of seeming real and being real when it comes to relationships. He taught me to build healthy boundaries to keep my heart, mind, and time protected from unnecessary pain.
When we say we will do something, be somewhere, pray for a person, stop a bad habit, or start a good one; our words speak a promise, but our actions speak of our sincerity. If I promise one thing, but my actions do something else- am I be authentic? Am I being trustworthy? Not if there is contradiction in my life.
Jesus spoke some amazing promises to us during His life and ministry. He promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He promised to be with us always, even to the ends of the age (Matthew 28:20). He will rescue us when we call out to Him (Matthew 14:28-33). His death was one death- once- for all of us (John 19:30). The best part is, that not only did He say these things, He actually followed through with them. He is with us, He rescues us, His death covered all of our sins.
What does authenticity look like to you? Is it brutal honesty? Is it hard lines and absolutes? Is that the kind of authentic life you really want to live? When we look at Jesus, the authenticity He had was honesty, but it was tempered with grace. He told the woman caught in adultery (John 8) that He would not condemn her, but she was to, “Go and sin no more.”
Authentic living is done best when each action and each word is steeped in Christ. His love, His purposes and plans, His truth, and His grace. Allowing Jesus into our hearts is great, but if He is not invited into our every day lives we are not living authentically as believers. Ray C. Stedman states, “Authentic Christianity is rooted in reality.”* We must realize to walk with Jesus means walking with Him in challenges, loss, struggles, battles, and releasing all of it to His hands. It’s recognizing the need to be honest with ourselves, that we cannot live this life on our own and claim to walk with Him.
Authenticity comes when confess our failings and cry out for the rescue. It comes when we wake the next day and ask Jesus to meet us where we are and help us past the difficult places. It’s honesty, but it’s also hope. Hope and faith turned into the very breath we breathe in each day.
Being authentic is being human-but only through the blood of Jesus. O Best Beloved, how are you doing? Are you wearing a mask, trying to show everyone that you are “just fine” when behind the scenes you are crying out for rescue? Are you trying to win entry into Heaven with your lists and service to others? Are you forgetting that we can only be authentic believers because the God we serve, the Jesus we follow, the Holy Spirit we listen to in life was authentic first?
If we want to be authentic, then let us be honest with ourselves, first. We need Jesus and we will not become the truest person God created us to be, until we allow Jesus inside to clean house. When our windows are cleaned and the piles of junk cluttering our hearts is swept away, then we will be able to truly walk with the God we claim to love. So let us go and be quiet, let us go sit in silence to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us and correct us for the betterment of us all.
*Authentic Christianity: a fresh grip on life, Ray C Stedman (c) 1975