I chose to use a variation of the word 'authentic' rather than 'real' as the subject for this post because the word 'real' as it's bandied about in society -- and many times in the church -- today is, in my opinion, used more as a call to rudeness and a lack of Christian grace rather than as a tag for describing being sincere as some would try to lead you to believe.
But I digress.
Authenticity has been weighing on my mind for the past couple of days, primarily because on this Sunday I had the opportunity to see it in action in a vibrant burst of all of its context -- sincere, pure, and genuine Christian service. It was refreshing.
Where is Your Focus?
I truly believe that in our Christian walk we should constantly be focused on making sure that our priorities and agendas don't replace God's in precedence in our lives. When we put God's agenda first, then everything else falls into place.
Service in the church was never intended by our Father to be a platform for self promotion. We were actually designed to build and strengthen His kingdom and give Him glory and praise, using all of our skills, talents, and abilities to redirect focus back to Him.
Are You Living in Authenticity?
Let us make sure that as we go about about doing God's business that we are being authentic in our motives. No matter how brightly a cubic zirconia shines, it will never be a diamond -- and authentic trumps fake every day in every possible way.
Do you know believers who are authentic in their service towards the Lord? How has their authenticity impacted your life?
"Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart." Psalm 26:2
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