Today I’m going to talk about faith and authenticity. You may have noticed my blog’s tagline: Faithfully Authentic. Two words I’ve based my life on.
The thing is, you can’t really be faithful to Christ and fully authentic to yourself. Just like you can’t be truly faithful without being utterly sincere. They’re concepts that must work together, hand-in-hand.
And the world. It will fight and try to get you to compromise one or the other.
If you read my post Oh, Hamburgers, then you know I have a difficult time saying no to yummy food after bland dieting.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
The fruit of righteousness? Why not the Milano dark chocolate cookies of righteousness? 😥
Haha, just a little joke. But seriously.
Now I fully understand what Paul meant when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)
I know what I need to do to obtain the results I want, but instead I indulge in stuff that sets me back. Ugh.
They say Jesus is the Great Equalizer. He’ll take anyone from anywhere regardless of what they’ve done, what they’re doing, and what they’re gonna do. He’s great like that.
Equality in that sense is just peachy. Equality in regards to sameness, not so much. Because we’re all different! Am I the only one who imagines a rainbow with phrases like that? Diversity, weeee!
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8)
“If it is writing stuff on the internet, then blog,” I think is a fair takeaway. Notice the words: in accordance with your faith. Like the icky fine print on a cell phone contract.