This week I want to share some thoughts with you about authenticity. They may seem random, but here it goes.
- God is looking for Authenticity- When it comes to a worshipper expressing their worship to God, I believe He is looking for authenticity. To step out and try different things and see what happens. Even if it means that God would change some things, either how something looks or sounds. And it requires surrender.
- Be creative- Authenticity, I find, comes though experimentation. When we as a church body worship together as a “team”, that’s where we find success. Have fun, creating ways to worship that’s both applicable and current in your setting. As we create a new skin, God will pour in new wine.
- Take risks- As authentic worshippers, it can mean taking risks. Ask the Lord to prepare your heart for it. Because with risks, there can also be messes. Success comes from cleaning up your mess and learning from mistakes.
- Authenticity comes from a relationship- God is always giving ideas. The issue is how do we walk this out? How can we let God take us on a journey in worship instead of copying something else? Dare to be authentic. Let your worship come out of your relationship with the Lord. That’s where the authenticity will come from. You might be surprised. And remember, there is only one you.
- Be original, real, and authentic, but don’t get rebellious- Rebellion is not going to be the thing of the church. Don’t give up if you feel misunderstood. My dad struggled with this for years. Humility is very important. Don’t give up when you’re misunderstood. Don’t give up in communicating your heart. Obey what God has called you to do. You have a unique identity and destiny that scares the devil. If you are being authentic in worship, you can’t get offended.
I want to close this week by giving a few challenges. Read Psalm 139. What does God say about your authenticity. Are you willing to disappoint another person to stay true to yourself? Why do you think God cares so much about authenticity? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what separates you from billions of other people.