Are you living an authentic life? This was something that we unpacked yesterday at Renew. Many of us tend to wear various masks in life. One mask is for our family, one for our friends, one for our work, and certainly a completely different one for God. We long to find a place where we can show all of ourselves, just the way we are, without the fear of rejection. We try to build relationships based on these false pretenses and then wonder why they eventually fail and we still feel empty. This was never God’s design for His children! He longs for us to be real with each other, and Him. If we know that we are accepted first by God fully and completely, then we can come into our relationships with a bold authenticity that can only be found in someone who knows that their identity rests in Christ.
Jesus models this acceptance when He, the Son of the God of the universe, humbled himself and got down on His knees to wash the disciples’ feet. He didn’t pay someone else to do the dirty work, fearing the mess that awaited Him. He didn’t shame the disciples by pointing out how dirty they were, how much they smelled, how difficult the task was or plan how the disciples would repay Him for this act of kindness. He did it as an act of love and acceptance. He did it to model to all of us the type of relationship that He desires with us. One in which we can bring ourselves, messy as we may be, before Him in full confidence that there is no shame or condemnation awaiting us, but only love, acceptance and healing.
How much more should we as the church be like this with each other? At Renew, our desire is to create a place where you don’t have to fear judgment or rejection when you come through our doors. We long to be a place where you can encounter the love of Jesus through us, to be a place of refuge for those who have been pushed away by the world. If you are longing for authenticity, we want to invite you to join our church family. We meet every Sunday at 10am at the Actor’s Gang Theater. We hope to see you soon!
Have a blessed week!