What does “authenticity” mean to you? Is it a word to be used and thrown into conversation every now and then, or is it something practiced in your daily life? Interesting question… a word or a way? I recently attended a worship conference with Darlene Zscech and the Hillsong worship team, and one of the things I came away with was the realness of their faith, and their passion. The way they walk, talk, eat and sleep their passion for God and spreading His word thru music was refreshing to me. I had the chance to talk to some of the band members the first day (before I knew they were band members) and they are just regular guys. No arrogance, no elevated status, just regular people with with a huge, huge passion.
‘Course, authenticity can cover a wide range of characteristics that make up who we are. Passion, morality, Godliness… all things that can be authentic, or just plain fake. Being the real deal ought to pervade every aspect of who we are. People will respect someone who is real all the time, even when the crappy stuff starts to show. Let people see who and what you really are. Lead a life of authenticity. Be real, and your impact on the people around you will be real. Be real with God, and he will be real to you. Be real in you worship time, expressing all that is in you to God, and you will experience real worship, not just the singing of a couple songs.
Be real, and you will really be.