Authenticity // Self-Staging

July 18, 2018 (by Sabrina Podesser)

Beautiful.
Two interacting Things.
First thing. Why are we ashamed of our questions? The deadlocks and stops in our lives. We call them construction areas and paint them with gray, loud, ugly and unfinished color. Massive monster-machines that help design, and apparently destroy more than they make right. They don’t see me, they only see the plan. This picture is everything but beautiful, and we are the opposite of everything but beautiful, so beautiful.
Secondly.
Maybe we understand the first thing and for that reason we remove those construction areas from our lives. The fear of shame makes us seek eternal value (2 Cor 4:18). So we put on make up, straighten hair, paint eyes and powder cheeks. #no makeup. Then, there is no ugly need to hint at my incurable insufficiency because “It’s okay. It doesn’t matter.“ Self-staging, I call it. Hypocrisy, God calls it and takes the case to court.
Why?
Because He paints a different picture.
He sees a tree (Mt 7:15-29). He sees a garden. He sees all kinds of things growing, becoming, split up by space and time. He sees the invisible, the eternal and doesn’t try to squeeze and construct it into the dimensions of space and time. In that way He takes away each of our „It’s okay. It doesn’t matter.“ layers, cautiously. Like a gardener. And He allows us to grow, like a gardener. Not trivially or aimless but by steadily keeping our eternal beauty in front of His eyes. Then we are not the ones in charge of making ourselves beautiful, but He is because He tells us that we already are. It is in our DNA, it’s our calling, our inheritance – given to us by the Creator.

We have tried to do that in a joint undertaking. We still do. The process is called grace and doesn’t only concern our counterpart but also, maybe even more, ourselves. This view brings down heaven to here and now in such a magnificent and tangible way, my back hair is rising up at the thought of it. Grace enables us to be „ourselves“ and to be real – and further on allows us to question our identity. She makes room for the spirit of truth, of peace, of change and restoration. God is a God who sees. And we want to open our eyes to see as well.

„…for the things that are seen are temporary but the things unseen are eternal.“ 2 Cor 4:18

„To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.“ Titus 1:15-16

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. (…) Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.“
Matthew 7:15-18.20