Being the Real You

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Growing up years ago there was a TV game show called “To Tell the Truth” where a panel of four celebrity panelists were presented with three participants (an individual or pair) and were asked to identify who was the “real person”. Their bizarre story or experience was read by the show’s host.  When the contestants were questioned by the celebrity panelists, the two “impostors” would lie about their situation or experiences, while the “real person” was asked to tell the truth. I was always intrigued by that show where I usually listened intently to each contestant, trying to decipher who was real and who the counterfeits were. After all the questions were asked it was usually difficult to choose the real person because the imposters lied so well. In essence, it was a challenge and everyone waited to see if who they chose was the real person.

My question to you today is “who is the real you”? Sometimes we get so bogged down with trying to be who everyone expects we forget who we really are. The familiar saying these days is “fake it till you make it”. After faking it for so long some of us can’t possibly make it, because we lost our way in the faking game. One Biblical example that comes to mind is the controversial situation between Esau and his brother Jacob over his birthright. In Genesis 27:22-24 it says “Jacob approached Isaac, and his father touched him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”  He could not recognize him [as Jacob], because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him.  But he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” Jacob answered, “I am.” Some contend that Jacob’s name means deceiver and whether that is actually true it certainly would fit with the trickery pulled off to gain his brother’s birthright. Jacob faked it for many years before fighting all night with the angel of God, and actually making it to his name change of Israel (May God prevail or he struggles with God); which was what God intended for him all along. (Genesis 25-30)

I beckon you today to check out who you really think you are and whether that thought matches up with who God says you should be. Who we really are is locked into the Biblical concept of who God desires us to be. He says we are loved by Him and Romans 5:8 says But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The Bible also says we are purchased at a price and explains in 1 Corinthians 6:20“You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.” We are also vindicated and confirmed innocent thus the scripture says “we know that a man is not justified [and placed in right standing with God] by works of the Law, but [only] through faith in [God’s beloved Son,] Christ Jesus.” We are guaranteed peace with God which is proven in Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God” If I were to conjure up a definition for who we really are in God’s sight I would say: we are loved by Him, purchased at a great price, vindicated and confirmed innocent though we once lived in sin, and therefore guaranteed God’s peace. I declare like the game show host in “To Tell the Truth” will the real you please stand up!!!

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Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling/Studies, graduating with honors. She is currently pursuing an EdD from Concordia University. Dr. Sharon is the author of six books. She is a licensed pastoral counselor and an ordained minister. Dr. Sharon has been an adjunct professor for the past ten years at Indian River State College and Palm Beach Atlantic University. She covered under the FIRM in Pensacola, Fl.