How to Achieve Greater Authenticity in Ministry in One Easy Step… Or Something Like That

1-weyantsArticles like “How to Preach More Authentically” or maybe “How to Achieve Greater Authenticity in Ministry in Three Easy Steps” tend to drive me a little nuts as a behaviorist. I’m sure they’re helpful to some, but all-in-all, I think they unnecessarily shift the focus onto ourselves and away from all that really matters:  Jesus.

Here’s an idea that could save us all a lot of time reading, self-evaluating and rehearsing:

Don’t try to come across as “authentic – Just BE Authentic! Your life IS your sermon.

Seriously, street cred is not hard to come by when you’re doing it Jesus’ way:

“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” ~ John 5:1-8

Let me tell you – I was EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY AND RELATIONALLY DISABLED UNTIL JESUS HEALED ME! I was rescued, loved and adopted by the One Who Is Healing and Redemption.

Now, all I’m doing is walking around, showing people my mat… and helping others show theirs.  It’s just not more complicated than that.

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