This post will discuss how you can be authentic in your God-given purpose
Friends, I really value authenticity. I value it so much that I put that as part of my mission on my blog.
Here is my mission in case you haven’t seen it before:
“My main goal is to motivate, inspire, and empower people to pursue their God-given purpose and destiny authentically.”
In addition to that, I also wrote a chapter in my book about authenticity. Please note that although I wrote about authenticity in my book, this blog post will be somewhat different from how I wrote it in my book.
So, in short, this is a heartfelt blog post that I hope will send ripples of positivity and inspiration to everyone seeking to walk in their Christian lives authentically.
I bless the Lord for giving me this profound revelation concerning this topic.
May the Lord be praised forever.
Ready? Let’s go!
What does authenticity really mean?
The dictionary defines “authentic” as “of undisputed origin or authorship; not a copy; genuine.” So, when we talk about someone being authentic, we are saying that they are genuine, real, and not fake. They are true to themselves.
From a spiritual stance, as Christians, we are called to be authentic in our faith. We are called to be genuine followers of Christ. What does that mean? It means that we are to live our lives in a way that is true to who we are in Christ.
But what does that look like?
It starts with understanding who we are in Christ. We are not defined by our past, mistakes, or what others think of us. We are defined by our relationship with Christ. We are children of God, loved and accepted just as we are. In Christ, we are forgiven, redeemed, and made new. We are given a new identity, a new name, and a new life.
This is who we are in Christ. This is our authentic self. And when we live in accordance with this truth, we will be living an authentic Christian life.
What is the difference between being authentic and genuine?
As explained earlier authenticity is being true to yourself and who you are in Christ. It is being who you are, no matter what anyone else says or thinks. Genuineness, on the other hand, is being honest and sincere in your interactions with others.
I believe being genuine is an essential element of authenticity.
Benefits of authenticity
There are many benefits to living an authentic life.
- When we are authentic, we are more likely to be happy and fulfilled because we are living in alignment with whom God created us to be.
- We are also more likely to build strong and meaningful relationships because we are not hiding behind a façade.
- Additionally, authenticity allows us to serve others better because we are not distracted by trying to maintain a false image.
Despite the many benefits of authenticity, living an authentic life can be difficult.😭 This is because we live in a world that values conformity and superficiality.
The pursuit of authenticity
Here goes…we all have moments of inauthenticity. So please don’t beat yourself to it. The goal is for us to be in continuous pursuit of authenticity.
Let me break it down…
In our fast-paced, constantly-connected world, it is easy to lose sight of what is authentic and true. We are constantly bombarded with images and messages that tell us whom we ought to be and how we should act.
As stated earlier, we live in a world that values conformity and superficiality. It can be challenging to discern what is real and what is fake. This is especially true regarding our calling and purpose in life. So often we pursue goals or dreams that we think will make us happy or successful, but they are not rooted in authenticity.
The key to living an authentic life is recognizing when we are being inauthentic and making a conscious effort to move towards authenticity. This means being aware of the areas in our lives where we are not being true to ourselves and taking steps to change. It also means pursuing goals that align with our values and beliefs.
Our authenticity is hardcoded with God’s seal
An authentic seal is also something that is applied to products as its attestation or evidence of authenticity. When you see a product with an authentic seal, it means that it has been verified as being genuine and not a counterfeit.
In the same way, God has put an authentic seal on each of us. We have been hardwired with an authentic seal of what our true and genuine nature should be. Our work is to discover our authentic purpose and align ourselves with God’s will, plan, and purpose that was already hardcoded in our lives.
Remember, we are His (God’s) workmanship, created for good works (Ephesians 2:10). This authentic seal guarantees that we are His and that we are created for a specific purpose.
As we discover our authentic purpose and live in alignment with God’s will for our lives, we can be confident that we are living authentically. We don’t have to strive to be someone we’re not. We can simply be whom God created us to be and let Him work through us in power and in greatness.
Keep reading, and I shall reveal more!
Authenticity is about aligning your actions with your words. As we are told faith without works is dead (see James 2:17); I too believe that authentic faith requires authentic works. This means living a life that is congruent with your values and beliefs. And it’s about being the same person in public as you are in private.
As Christians, our authenticity should be centered around Christ. Our goal should be to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God and brings glory to His name.
Sadly, many Christians strive for authenticity in all the wrong places. We look to the world for validation and approval instead of looking to Christ. We compare ourselves to others and try to imitate their lives instead of living out God’s unique plan for us.
But the good news is that we can find true authenticity by surrendering our lives to Christ and following His leading. When we do this, He will transform us into the people He created us to be. We will no longer need to strive for authenticity because we will already be living in it.
Vulnerability; being true about your journey!
It can be easy to put up a front and try to act like everything is okay when it’s not. But as Christians, we are called to live authentically and to be vulnerable with one another. This doesn’t mean that we share everything about our lives with everyone we meet. But it does mean that we are open and honest about our journey, even if we’ve had a difficult past.
Being authentic and vulnerable can be scary. We might worry that people will judge us or that we will be rejected. But God can use our stories to encourage and inspire others. Just think about the apostle Paul. He was once a persecutor of Christians but later became one of the most important figures in the early church. His story shows us that God can use us for His purposes no matter what our past looks like.
So, as you continue your Christian journey, don’t be afraid to be authentic and vulnerable. It is through these things that God will be glorified.
Your special gift works in tandem with authenticity
There are over 7 billion people on this earth, and believe it or not, each one of them is different. No two fingerprints or DNA strands are exactly alike. In respect to twins or multiples, studies show that they don’t share 100% of their DNA.
This is a fascinating concept, and it also holds true for humans. We all have our own unique gifts, talents, and passions that we are hardwired with from birth. When it comes to finding our purpose and calling in life, this is incredibly important to remember.
If we try to be someone or something we’re not, we will never truly be fulfilled. We have to be authentic in our purpose and calling, or we will always feel like something is missing.
9 tips on Christian authenticity
Here are 10 tips on how to be authentic in your purpose and calling based on Christian and Biblical principles.
1. Find your true identity in Christ
So many people try to find their identity in the things of this world- their job, their possessions, their looks, etc. But the only way to truly find your identity is in Christ. When you know who you are in Christ, everything else falls into place. You are no longer defined by your circumstances or what other people think of you. You are a child of God, created in His image and likeness, and He has plans for your life- good plans! (Jeremiah 29:11)
2. Seek God to find your gifts and how it aligns with purpose
Another way to ensure that you are living authentically is to seek God to discover your gifts and how they align with His purpose for your life. We all have unique gifts and talents that He has given us, and it is essential to use them for His glory. When you are using your gifts in the right way, it brings Him joy, and it will also bring you fulfillment. (1 Peter 4:10)
3. Live a spirit-led life that imitates Christ
In order to live an authentic life, you must be led by the Holy Spirit. This means living your life in a way that imitates Christ. He is our perfect example of how we should live, and when we follow His lead, we are sure to stay on the right path. (Ephesians 5:1-2 NASB)
4. Be obedient to God’s Word
Another way to make sure you are living authentically is to be obedient to God’s Word. This means following His commands and living according to His principles. When we are obedient, He is able to bless us and use us in powerful ways. (Joshua 1:8)
5. Seek godly counsel and surround yourself with positive people
In order to make sure you are living authentically, it is important to seek godly counsel and surround yourself with positive people. When we do this, we are able to get godly advice and stay away from negative influences. (Proverbs 11:14, 15:22)
6. Be patient and trust God’s timing
Another important thing to remember when you are trying to live an authentic life is to be patient and trust God’s timing. We often want things to happen right away, but God’s timing is always perfect. When we trust Him and wait patiently, He will bless us in ways that we never could have imagined. (Psalm 37:7)
7. Have faith and believe that God is good
Also remember that living an authentic Christian life is to have faith and believe that God is good. We can’t do anything without Him, and He will always come through for us when we trust Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
8. Give God the glory
When we live an authentic life, it is important to give God the glory. He is the one who gives us our gifts and talents, and He is the one who has called us to His purpose. When we give Him the glory, we are able to stay focused on what is truly important. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
9. Pray and seek God’s guidance
Another important thing to do when you are living an authentic life is to pray and seek God’s guidance. We can’t do anything without Him, and when we go to Him in prayer, He will guide us and lead us down the right path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
And that’s it, folks, authenticity in your God-given purpose
I will close this blog post with two questions…
- Are you living an authentic life?
- If not, what steps can you take to begin living more authentically?
P.S Here are two blog posts that I wrote that fit seamlessly with this one:
How to Find your God-Given Gift (5 Practical Ways)
12 Strategies on How Christians Can Deal with Copycats
Lastly, here is the YouTube video for this post: