You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. – 1 Thessalonians 4:5
I heard the word “authentic” defined recently and immediately thought about a good friend. I wrote him and confidently expressed my gratitude that he is authentic. He is real. There is not a hidden person behind the façade. What you see is what you get with him. He is the real deal!
Webster defines “authentic” as “worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact; not false or an imitation.” An authentic person is real, true to his or her character, sincere with no pretensions.
Paul was authentic—the real deal. What you saw was who he was. He was not a phony or a fake follower of Jesus Christ. He proved his authenticity over and over again by his sacrifice for others. His love for the lost and believers was easily seen by his scars. Authenticity was synonymous with Paul’s character and devotion to the welfare of others. All who knew him witnessed it. This former, arrogant, self-righteous Pharisee was now a genuine follower of the Way, which he had formerly persecuted. Paul demonstrated humility through his praise for the Lord Jesus Christ for saving him, his sacrificial love for others, and working together with others to spread the good news.
Are you authentic? Do you continually thank and praise God for all He is doing in your life? Do you humbly work with a team to love the lost and bring them to Christ? Are you an honest, fair, and faithful servant, as was the apostle Paul? Ask the Lord to show you any hypocrisy in your life and to give you the grace to be authentic. God will be glorified!
Stephen Scott Nelson
Atlanta House Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
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