FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Losing My Religion

Key Bible Verse: Everyone who does evil … will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light. (John 3:20-21, NIV)

Dig Deeper: 1 John 1:5-10

Most of the time [we] are not our true selves. Instead, we’re “Reader’s Digest selves.” We have edited ourselves so often that we don’t know the person we have become. In the process we have forgotten our true identity as beloved sons of God.

I have discovered the necessity of authenticity. I have found trusted friends who are willing to ask probing questions that invite my true self to come out of hiding: Am I wiling each day to come face-to-face with [my true self], and bring that shy, rebellious self into the light of Jesus, who patiently shows me who I was meant to be?

Somehow I found the courage to risk being more authentic. In the process I discovered that the rewards for being my true self are often greater than the consequences of pretension. I believe the same is true for all followers of Jesus. The major battle confronting followers of Jesus is not issues like abortion, homosexuality, and politics. The real front-burner issue is authenticity. When “outsiders” look at Jesus’ followers, they long to see people living in intimate union with God who are unafraid of their blemishes, because their blemishes point to the unblemished character of Jesus, who loves us as we are, not as we should be.

– Fil Anderson in Breaking the Rules

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