Authentic Faith (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 60)
Matthew 6:2 (NLT)
When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.
To be a hypocrite is to put on a false appearance of piety, virtue, or religion. It is to say one thing and do another; to pretend to believe something but to act in accordance with the opposite of those beliefs. Perhaps, we have all fallen guilty to this kind of behavior. But we were never created to live and act in such a way. To be a hypocrite takes more effort and energy than to be committed to living in the image of Christ.
God made each of us uniquely different. Our differences form the foundation of our authenticity. Authenticity is not just about speaking truth, but also believing truth and acting in truthful ways. As believers, we were designed to be like Christ. When we are hypocritical, we can be sure we are acting in a manner that is opposite of how Christ would act and of who He designed us to be. We do not have to try to be different; we are different and our faith should be a sincere reflection that Christ is the difference in us.
We are most influential when we reflect who Christ made us to be. Anything less than that is hypocrisy and lies. For our faith to be real to the world, it must first be real to us. A real faith is an authentic faith that strives by the power of God to live, speak, and act like Christ. Being like Christ means we serve without expecting anything in return, we love unconditionally, and we allow His light to shine through us.
“The greatest way to live an authentic life is to surround yourself with others who are doing just that.”
— Ed Young