The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become… He invented all the different people that you & I were intended to be.
– C.S. Lewis
So often the world cries out to “Be yourself!”, but how many of us know who we truly are? Are we more than just the sum of our opinions, thoughts, values and ideals?
As Christians, we believe that God created us. So it stands to reason that we cannot become fully authentic people simply by reading self-help books and keeping reflection journals.
While people try more and more to connect with their spiritual side through meditative journeys and communing with nature, this too falls short of what we need in order to be in tune with who we were created to be.
While guided contemplations and hours of therapy may certainly help us to realise hidden truths about ourselves, we cannot know our full identity unless we go back to the One who gave us our identity in the first place. (Click to tweet)
Our heavenly Father knows us intimately. And if we try to squeeze Him out of our quest to become authentic people we can only hope, at best, to become two-dimensional figures of who we’re truly meant to be.
The problem is we try to control who we would like to be, rather than trust God to reveal who we actually are. (Click to tweet) Why do we do this? Because we suspect that who we actually are isn’t pretty enough, handsome enough, clever enough or strong enough by the world’s standards. We want to elevate ourselves to headier heights, to shape ourselves into a shiny and enviable artifice for others to admire.
No wonder we Christians are frequently labelled as hypocrites. So many of us talk the talk but we rarely walk the walk. Deep down, we all know it isn’t enough to spout righteous-sounding sentiments or attend church every Sunday, yet we continue to do it and hope others are fooled by the outward veneer.
Spiritual authenticity is not just talking about God but being with God. It’s about letting Him in so that He can take over.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
– Revelation 3:20
It’s counter-intuitive in today’s individualistic world to take your foot off the pedal and let someone else do the steering. To give up control. To be vulnerable.
But it’s the only way that God can come in and help you be who you truly are, warts and all.