Monday, January 07, 2013

Craving Authenticity

Because we don’t yet recognize and prefer in others or ourselves the miracle of what we have become through Christ, we cover up or put on a particular appearance in order to navigate our relationships. We think we’re safe and getting the job done pretty well, but if it isn’t real, then it’s going to frustrate us. It won’t work. It won’t satisfy.

Yet what if we believed Him? What if we believed that we are no longer flesh, but spirit, now sharing in His very nature? He has made us holy, righteous and blameless new creatures—we’re dazzling—yet we’ve been induced to prefer another image against the truth, one we manufacture on our face and by our demeanor. It all adds up to a false nobility, because it falls terribly short of who we actually are.

Fortunately, the Spirit is patiently and calmly working with us so that we prefer the truth, even when we’re around people. We’re walking in the truth and in the light, which ends up producing a beautiful life. It’s dangerous, but it’s real and worth it. We’ve come to crave authenticity. And that’s pretty good.

“…for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),…” Ephesians 5:8-9

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