The word “authenticity” is batted about a lot these days on social media and the like. It’s not a new thing, however. Back in the day, you might have heard of young folks going off to “find themselves” – or in some of your classes you might have come across the term “self-actualization” which Wikipedia defines the following way:
Self-actualization, in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, is the highest level of psychological development, where personal potential is fully realized after basic bodily and ego needs have been fulfilled. - source: Wikipedia
On the surface, these and other terms might all seem to have the same message - basically to find your interests, talents, and what makes you happy. Happiness though is a fleeting emotion that is surface-level rather than soul-level.Read more...
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.