Yesterday, we talked about the need to be faithful to what God has called us to be. Today, we continue our journey to faithfulness as we look at the calling to, "be faithful to what you say you believe".
I think sometimes it’s easy to say we believe in God and His son Jesus. It's easy to say we believe in the fact that He died on the cross for our sins and that we know He has a plan for our lives. It’s easy to say those things. What's not easy is to live those truths out in our everyday lives. Here's what I know: God has called you and I to live authentic lives.
The word, authentic communicates the idea of an "undisputed origin”. There's no question about something's validity when it's authentic. Let's apply that same principle to our spiritual journey. It’s the idea that if we say we believe in God's plan for our lives, we really do believe it. If we say we stand for something, we really do stand for it.
When we’re living authentic lives, what we say we live for, stand for and believe in, is actually what we live for, stand for and believe in.
In Matthew 23:27 Jesus hits on this very idea. The religious leaders of the day were schooled in the appearance of spirituality but were empty on the inside. When we don't live out our faith with authenticity we not only jeopardize our relationship with Christ but we also jeopardize our witness.
Spiritual authenticity is about more than just you. We live our lives in the context of community. We live, work, go to school, play on sports teams, attend church, live in neighborhoods, each of these areas of our lives are full of people that don't know Jesus and are looking to us for what it means to follow Him. Spiritual authenticity allows you and I to paint an accurate picture of Jesus for those around us. It is critical for you and I to figure out how to live consistent spiritual lives. The importance of matching what we say we believe with how we actually live is paramount.