Get Real

12 Oct

Gilbert, South Carolina, is such a small community, Beau was surprised they had a community paper. He asked an  old-timer about it.

“You really have a newspaper, eh?” he asked.

“Well, we all know what everybody else is doing,” the Old Timer said, “but we like to read the paper anyway … to see who’s been caught at it.” *

I lived in a small community like Gilbert once. Everyone knew everyone’s business.

I didn’t like it.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate authenticity, transparency and honesty. I’m a “Get Real” person.

“Get real” isn’t just a sarcastic comment with me. It’s an invitation to living in truth.

  • It’s tempting to wear a mask. To be a hypocrite. Get real.GetRealHeart
  • It’s popular to make choices in the culture to get ahead, to impress, to be a “success.” Get real.
  • It’s destructive to follow the crowd – when it takes you somewhere you don’t want to go. Get real.

Living in truth means living an authentic life, refusing to compromise who we are and what we believe. Isn’t that what we want from the Family of God?

As Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, wrote on her blog: “I have felt it – how no one wants anything of anyone but to be honest and real and to trust enough to take off the mask.

We crave authenticity, but we don’t get to define what that word means – God does.

My husband recently taught his way through 1 John, and as he taught, I caught some of God’s signposts for Authentic Christianity.

1. Authentic Christians confess Jesus as Lord (1 John 4:15). They aren’t afraid to identify with and speak up for Jesus, the Son of God – no matter the circumstance.

2. Authentic Christians have a heart for righteousness and hatred for sin (1 John 3:9). They can’t snuggle up to sin. Guilt from habitual sin makes believers uncomfortable. They don’t excuse sin. They claim God’s forgiveness and then live the exchanged life (“put off – put on,” Colossians 3:1-7).

3. Authentic Christians love “the brethren” (1 John 5:1). They enjoy being with other believers because they want to love, encourage and edify one another (Hebrews 10:24-25). Authenticity is transparent, others-focused, and grace-motivated.

4. Authentic Christians are obedient to the Word of God (1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 Timothy 3:16). They consider the scriptures God’s manual for living – a source of wisdom – and how God reveals Himself in the world. They value the wisdom of God.

5. Authentic Christians are eternity-minded (1 John 3:2). No matter how real they try to be in this world, they are certain their true reality is in the future. This life is the believer’s journey to become more like Christ, and finds full fulfillment in heaven.

Are you living in authenticity? If not, GET REAL!

*Adapted from Cybersalt Digest, Issue #3744, 9/16/11

— Dawn

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