You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
Matthew 5:5 (MSG)
Ah, real people. Ever met one of them? There’s just something about them that’s so refreshing. In a world where inauthenticity is the accepted norm, they have the audacity to be themselves. Hang around them for long enough and you’ll start to catch the bug too, and that’s because real people are free and their freedom gives permission to those around them to be free too.
They don’t let themselves get tangled up in self-negativity. Like Matthew 5:5 says, they’ve reached a place of full acceptance and contentment with the person God created them to be. And because of that, and because of Christ’s amazing love, they’ve got a twinkle in their eye, a spring in their step.
And here’s what else:
- Real people tell others about Jesus (Psalm 66:16).
- Real people aren’t ashamed of their stories (Romans 1:16).
- Real people don’t rely on big words or drama to get their point across; they know the Holy Spirit is the one that makes heart-change happen (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).
- Real people sing and dance and create (Psalm 149:3).
- Real people laugh – like big shake-your-belly laughs (Proverbs 17:22).
- Real people love, with no expectation or conditions (1 John 4:7).
- Real people tell the brave truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
- Real people light up the world (Matthew 5:14).
You know, Jesus was real. He didn’t run away from pain and suffering. He didn’t shun imperfect people. He embraced messy humanity and extended grace. Let’s be like Him. Let’s be genuine followers of Chris because this lost world needs to see the real Jesus.
Father, give us the boldness to walk in the identity You’ve given us, to celebrate Your love in front of the world. And let our example inspire others to seek You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.