I Choose to be Authentic
Matthew 6:1-4 and 7:1-3 (READ)
Authentic means genuine, as in not forced. I’m not going to church because my wife makes me. No one is forcing me to do or say anything I want this for myself. My actions are not the result of coercion.
I Cannot Please Everyone
Matthew 15:8 “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”
Righteousness: the things you do as a believer to outwardly express your heart before God—read your bible, pray, share your faith, worship together, work for the Lord, and give.
The issue here is motive.
We are called to live for a higher reward—a reward from the Lord Himself.
Again, READ Matthew 6:1-2…
God will reward the generous and sacrificial giver if He desires.
Again, READ Matthew 6:2-3…
Using a hyperbole, exaggerating the warning to be careful about not parading what you do. Don’t do things to be seen. Have a better and purer reason to do whatever it is you choose to do for God. Anything less than doing it for Him will get us nothing but canned applause.
I Have the Wrong Desires
We have all battled divided desires. It isn’t enough to just battle, we need to want what God wants. But sometimes we settle for just looking like we want what God wants. We agonize in the process because we let people’s opinions weight on us, rather than feeling the weight of God’s opinions. That is a bad plan.
Our desire should be to please God. I should not be hypocritical.
I Samuel 16:7 “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
When we serve God in whatever capacity, look the best you can so that no one would guess your hard work or sacrifice. Do what you do for God without advertising.
God will reward you.
I want to be real. The passion for authenticity. I want to be authentic. I don’t want to pose for anyone. I don’t want to position my life to match anyone’s expectations. I don’t want to appear to be something that I’m not.
The world is dying for believers who are the real deal.
I choose to be Authentic by not being an overly critical judge. Judging motives is off limits to us.
Don’t judge appearance. Don’t judge a person by the color of his skin or the clothes he wears, or the car he drives, or the place he lives or by the job he holds. Don’t form judgments about people based on appearances.
We really can’t judge a book by its cover.
I chose to be Authentic by judging myself. A genuine, real person evaluates himself honestly. (Mt. 7:3)
Part of being authentic is to admit we are all in process. Nobody has arrived. Humility can grow, thanks to authenticity and putting oneself under scrutiny before God.
Followers of Christ know the standard. We open up ourselves to Christ and say, “Search me Lord!” “Help me change!”
I choose to pursue Authentic relationships. Nothing will help you become authentic more than spending time with authentic people. Avoid spending all of your time with people who don’t want to change. Love and care for them, help them grow, but don’t make those people your closest friends.
Invest yourself in people who are sincere and genuine in their love for God. Get with people who are real. And the best way to find them is by being real yourself.
The decision to be authentic is definitely one of the choices that can change your life forever.