Be the Real You

“Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”  (Romans 12:3)

It’s so refreshing to come across a person who is “comfortable in their skin.”  A person who is not trying to be less or more than they are.  No pretense, no masks, no hiddenness or posturing, no false humility.  One of the best gifts you can give others is your honest self.  Then they don’t have to sift through your deceptions, trying to discern what you really mean, or who you really are.  One aspect of Jesus that made Him approachable and attractive was His honesty and realness.  People didn’t have to question or wonder about His motives.  He was consistent and straight up with people.  No hypocrisy, no lies, no darkness.  He was full of truth, walking in the light.

“If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  (1 John 1:7)

In other words, our fellowship with one another deepens as we walk in the light, being honest regarding our struggles in life and against sin, fully accepting the purification that comes only from Jesus’ death and resurrection.  In contrast, the Pharisees in the Bible were whitewashed.  Meaning, they hid their sins and were pious, pretending to be better than they were.  As a result, they were crippled in their ability to love others.  They were not fun people to be around.

Jesus came to set us free from the bondage of sin and shame, free from the “cover up game”, free to be real, to be honest, free to share struggles and by God’s grace, to find help and healing with others who are real.

Two questions to consider:

  1. Are you being completely real with God?  Read Luke 12:1-3.  There are no secrets with God.  Bare your soul before Him.  He already knows everything and loves you more than you can imagine.
  2. Do you have friends with whom you can be real?  If not, find at least one person or a small group of people who are willing to live in a “mask-free” zone.  It’s a beautiful thing to experience.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Free to be real,

Jeff Wilson

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