Why does my life have to become pretend before authenticity breaks through?
I became a Christian, everything is new
Feelings connect to this experience
Everyone else appears to be in the place I was when I first believed
I get it, it’s not feelings, it’s the elements of my Christianity that count
Soon the only elements I’m involved in are what others see
I recognize I’m a fraud
I can’t do this
Perfect? What is real and who am I?
Now truth will be seen
Truth – the gospel – God knew me before the foundation of the world. God loves me. I was born into darkness, I was dark and could do nothing in myself to walk in the light. The consequence for being dark is death. Now I am light in the Lord. How? Everything I deserved because of darkness was placed upon Jesus Christ. The penalty was paid in his death. I’ve been brought out of darkness into light. Dark has become light. God is my Father. Walk as a child of light.
I am….that’s the point. What I do, the elements of my faith is an expression of who I am.
Col.2:6 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him” ·Walking in who I am….I can do that.
I have discovered who I am and what I do is an expression of that new identity
yet that is just enough rope to hang myself.
What? “…AS you received Christ…”
The power to “walk” is grace. “It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age…”
Grace – God’s resources at Christ’s expense. God’s undeserved favor
God’s grace empowers me
I am grateful
What’s the point…am I still missing the point?
From Him, for Him
When my heart and mind is on the same page “why” turns to “because”.
I have the mind of Christ
God’s heart is my heart. I love what God loves
Matt. 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
I am who I am because God has declared it. I do what I do as an expression of who I am. I do what I do empowered by grace (His Spirit, His promises, His resources). I reveal His glory to the world for His glory. In the last day, I am glorified!
No need. I am loved, I am forgiven, I am authentic.