Wednesday, November 7, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity-Day 30: What now?

"Our world is hungry for genuinely changed people." ~Richard Foster

If you've taken the time to read any of these authenticity posts, chances are you're tired of the status quo of Christianity. You're probably tired of sitting in a pew and wondering how in the world you're supposed to apply what you hear each week to your everyday life. I don't know about you, but I've seen enough robots in my life to know that something has to change. Be the change this world is craving.  We have been charged to do so much more than sit in church twice a week and shake hands with fellow church members in the halls. That's good, but there's more.

"He has shown you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly,
 to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" ~Micah 6:8

What do we do with all of this? The answer is simple, yet complex at the same time: we live authentically. We say goodbye to the monotony that we've known and we choose to live authentically, intentionally, and even sacrificially. We decide to do better and to make a difference. We have to do better if we're going lead others to Christ. Living with authenticity is a bold thing in this mass-produced, cookie cutter world.

It's time. We have more influence now than any society in history. In seconds, you can share a photo of your dinner with people all over the world. It's time to do more. It's time to share your story each time the opportunities arise. That's not just for social media, where you can hide behind a profile. It's time to be authentic and intentional at home, at work, at school, and everywhere you go. You aren't allowed five different versions of yourself. You don't get to choose who you're going to be based on your plans for the day. That's absurd and it's insulting to the circle of influence that's been entrusted to you. That's what the world would do; it's the status quo.

"Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this." ~Esther 4:14b

The status quo isn't enough, it never has been. It's time to be about our Father's business. We've got to get our focus off of ourselves. It's all about Him anyway; it's time to start living that way. This is our for such a time as this.  It's time to rise up and be the light. There is no justification for secret church here.  It's time to show the world that we're real people, living in this real world, serving and living each day for God.  Let's do better; the world is watching. 

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