Authenticity often is described as the quality of something or someone being real and genuine. It's not a copy or an imitation, but an original version.
In my lifetime I've come across some authentic Christians- and what I've noticed is that they're honest and real, not only about their strengths, but their struggles too. They don’t hide behind masks, and while they desire to grow in Christ, they don't pretend to be perfect- they just let themselves be seen for who they are and for whose they are.
In the book of 2 Corinthians the Apostle Paul invites us to live lives that are transparent, genuine and honest. For example, he reminds the believers of Corinth that they are epistles “known and read by all men” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3). Then a few chapters later, he invites the believers to follow his lifestyle in Christ, being open as he is open. He also reminds them that in view of the grace they have received they are to live their lives for Christ rather than for their own desires (2 Corinthians 6).
If this is the counsel and example we have, why do we conceal our struggles and fears in church? Why are we less than honest about where we really are in our relationship with God? Is it shame, fear of rejection or criticism? Whatever our reasons may be for a lack of vulnerability, let’s remember that living authentically in Jesus is not about ‘having it all together’. It’s about admitting you don’t, while pointing people to Jesus, the One who will never fail us and can turn our messes into messages, our trials into triumphs, our sorrows into joy.
Let’s strive for an even better church, where we welcome honesty, we embrace authenticity and we are not ashamed to share our struggles as well as our victories. Will you accept the challenge and live authentically for Him?
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We wish to thank...
This week we wish to thank our elderly folk who give of their wisdom, time and experience to making our church a better one. Sometimes we may forget the elderly in our church, but this week we want you to know that your wisdom and experience does not go unnoticed and your reliability and promptness in church attendance and involvement is very much appreciated.