How does it manifest in my life? Is it even possible to be authentic while living in a culture that encourages fake it until you make it. The word authentic is defined by Webster as true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character. The definition is centric on being who you are. What you see is what you get. Although that might appear to be self-centered, it all depends on our base morals and values, or as we at Iron Edge like to call them, Ethos.
If I were to go back in time and look at my authentic self before I was following Christ, I would say it's likely a good thing that I did the whole fake it until you make it thing. I can imagine that I would have offended a lot of people, and really hurt more than I helped them.
Authenticity is not a fixed target. It's not something we hit and then relax because we’ve reached our goal. Being authentic is an ongoing mission with multiple moving targets. Finding it requires constant analysis and planning. If we are seeking God, and constantly purging sin and weakness from our lives, and then being honest about where we are in our mission with our brothers, our authenticity will be evident to those around us.
Phillipians 4:8 says Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Being authentic is a journey that does not end…we have to continually seek it and part of being authentic is being vulnerable enough to allow others to see your weakness. Otherwise we are the opposite of authentic because we are lying to everyone including ourselves.