Editor’s Note: Can I Be Real With You?
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
A uthenticity. That’s the word that God spoke to me. His exact words to me were to just be real. Ok, be real–seems easy enough, right?
Here’s the thing, I realized that in order for me to get real, I had to listen to me. That required me being in a place of quietness. This meant, limited telephone, limited social media, no TV (except for shows that taught the gospel), and reading more of my Bible. Every time I wanted to watch TV, I would grab my Bible and study it instead.
It was amazing at how much clarity and wisdom resulted just from quieting outside distractions. It finally became clear that what God wanted me to do all along was get back to the person He created me to be at my core and not the person that I created as a cover.
So many of us are walking around with this cover that we put on display for the world to see. But no matter how hard we try, we just can’t cover the things that we carry on the inside–always remaining a slave to the image we want to portray. That’s why God has to blow our cover.
Truth is, God doesn’t want us hiding in the shadows of who we’re not. God cares nothing about our outside image and cares every bit about what’s in our hearts. The heart is the core of our being. It is the wellspring or the source of life. That’s why it’s so important that we guard it.
It’s time to grasp the freedom that He provided and get back to being real. We should be living authentically and unapologetically as who God destined us to be.
That’s why the focus of Afrophire is to bring more authentic content in hopes of our readers leading lives of authenticity. Let’s start by being real.
Talk To The Editor:
Has there ever been a time where God urged you to be real? In what ways might He be trying to blow your cover?