3 – Real
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
The more filtered our lives become, the more we show others the “me” we want them to see, the more difficult it is to be real.
People are starting to fear and avoid unfiltered communication.
“Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
A veil that first covers the face eventually covers the heart.
All this time you’ve been living for likes, while deep down you are longing for love.
We may impress others with our strengths, but we connect through our weaknesses.
Only Christ can remove the veil.
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.” – 2 Corinthians 3:16
1. Think about your online “you”… how hard do you work to present yourself ‘veiled’ or filtered? What is ‘the me I want you to see’ image you are trying to present?
2. Can you recognize any areas of your life where you are starting to fear or avoid ‘unfiltered communication’?
3. Do you have anyone that sees the real you? Why do you need some true friends that can speak into your life?
4. What do you need Christ to do in you to help you live a filter-free life?
5. What are some steps you can take this week to be real? How can moving toward authenticity help you in your relationships and in your evangelism?