This week's devotional is from Pastor Ben Kerns.
ENCOUNTER: Read Matthew 19:16-22
We are all so used to putting on our best face for each other that we have actually forgotten how to be authentic. We fake it with our friends, we fake it with our parents, and we fake it with God.
We are all so worried that people will find out who we really are and make fun of us, or even worse, simply walk away. But in our effort to keep people impressed with us, we never get to reveal who we truly are.
This is a brutal passage of scripture because the rich young ruler has spent his entire life presenting well to others, and when he finally gets a chance to interact with Jesus, he continues to give hime the inauthentic line about being a good person.
But Jesus cuts through the garbage and calls him on it. Because this young man is so out of practice he doesn’t even know how to respond, so he just walked away.
Over and over in scripture we Jesus crush people who are self-righteous and fake and be more than generous and kind to those who are humble. Imagine the interaction if this young man would have simply said, “You busted me, and I don’t even know how to let go of my wealth. Will you forgive me?”
We see all throughout scripture that Jesus is kind and patient to the authentic, to the humble, and to the broken. So let’s quit faking it.
Why do you have such a hard time being authentic to your friends, your parents, to Jesus?
Why not lean into the reality that Jesus already knows everything and still loves you, what do you need to get off your chest?
BE A BLESSING:
What can you do to help others be more authentic?