How to be Authentic According to ScripturePayton Foeller
I’m working to find the balance between being nice and being honest. Being myself or being someone else as to not make others feel small. I’m looking for a way to be firm in what I believe in but also be gentle in the way I share my beliefs.
Our culture would tell me this: Shine bright, just be you! Do whatever feels right no matter who you hurt. As long as you are true to yourself then things will work out and no one can blame you for the bridges you burn along the way… (And to be honest this is what how I behave most days… if people don’t like it what do I care?)
But God would say to me: Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12: 2
This is why I SHOULD care. Because it doesn’t matter what people think of ME, but it does matter how I behave when I’m suppose to be a representation of the God I serve.
So let’s break it down together…
An article by STEPHEN MCALPIN, tells us what it is often mistaken for.
“A lot of things can be mistaken for authenticity:
relativism – “whatever seems right to me has to be OK with everyone else”
social elitism “only people with a dark past and tattoos belong”
dedication to causes “meet my cat, he’s a rescue”
are just a few examples.
Ephesians 4:22-24 “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
It’s not about being ‘you’ anymore, it’s about being Gods.
1. Put off your old self: Get over yourself. Remember how we’re not the center of the universe?
Realize that when God saved you, you became a new person, one who is suppose to be the likeness of Christ. Leave behind who you were and be who God calls you to be. Trust me you’ll be better off. (Easier said than done, I know, hence the struggle).
2. Be renewed in the spirit of your minds: Read the Word. Read where it says who God is and who you are to Him. Keep reminding yourself of what you read. Whatever is good and right about me, is not about me, it’s about God. Whatever I’m good at is because God graced me with the ability. Whatever I have is because He gave it, not because I earned it, not because I have a right to it. Write it on your mirror, write it on your forehead, remind yourself hourly. Be renewed.
3. Put on the new self, created after the likeness of God: This is where we apply what we remind ourselves a thousand times a day. This is the tricky part… Again, easier said than done, I know. But if we are committing to the first two, then this should come easier.
1.Get over yourself.
2.Read the word.
3.Do what it says.
How have you found your balance? How do you present yourself authentically AND represent God as accurately as possible?