They answered him, ‘Abraham is our father.’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing what Abraham did, but now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.
John 8:33-47 (excerpt)
How we describe ourselves is intricately connected to how honestly we view ourselves. Creating a truthful identity requires the ability to see past the inauthentic parts of ourselves. What roles do we play for the world? What masks do we put on for other people?
Truth is truth no matter how well we take it in or share it. Even the hardest truth has a way of easing reality; lies and deceit bind us to more deceit and lies. When we live in lies, we risk losing the transparency that comes with trusting in the truth of Jesus. We give up the chance to live authentically. We turn our backs on who we are.
Jesus pulls back at the lies we draw around ourselves. On our own, we are left with the personas we have created. With Jesus, we are stripped away to only our real selves.
Our raw selves.
Our ready selves.
Who are we?
Great God, make us real. Remind us of your faithful love that reaches out to us even when we do not know who we are. Help us be reflections of you to the world, and help us speak your truth to all people. In Jesus’ holy name, amen.
Abby Mohaupt is a McCormick student who likes the smell of dried basil and the sound of biting into a crisp gala apple. She has three cats and a goldfish named Food, as well as a husband who lovingly puts up with the growing zoo of plants and animals in their small apartment.]]>