Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. - Galatians 1:10
Presenting ourselves in a pleasing light has become a national compulsion. Every online view is a first impression that could lead to a boost or breakdown of our worth. The world has a window into our lives, and our thoughts too often linger on “What do they think of me?” We live an impossible and unrealistic existence in front of others even though we owe it to God and ourselves to let the truth show.
When we only display the good, we accomplish two things. We separate ourselves from others that could relate to our daily struggles. Furthermore, we forget about living a life centered on what is pleasing to God. We all know that no one is perfect. We know that, as humans, we fight battles against the enemy, our flesh, and our fallible nature daily. Presenting an inauthentic version of our lives takes glory from God and gives it to earthly expectations.
Living a life to please God above people creates a view that is so much more beneficial to the public. An authentic life shows others when you fell and how God picked you up. It shows others that imperfection with complete surrender to God is the most beautiful existence. It is a life full of forgiveness, grace, and hope for a future where struggles are few and shame is foreign.
It takes strength to let our flaws show, but when we step out in authenticity God has a chance to sanctify us. Through Him, we can present ourselves as fully loved, fully accepted, and completely real.
God, help me accept the unique person you created me to be. Let me lay my insecurities and imperfections at Your feet, and show me how beautiful and worthy I am through Your eyes. Amen.
How authentic is the person you present to the world?
Are there experiences and/or past struggles that you could use to relate and minister to others?