The value of authenticity


When Jesus came on the scene his teaching was like nothing heard before or since. The Word (John 1:1) had arrived in the flesh. Mark 1:22 describes the people’s response:

The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.

The people recognized Jesus’ teaching for its authenticity. They knew something was different. Jesus himself tried to help the religious leaders of the time understand this visceral reaction. He used the analogy of a shepherd leading his flock:

He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:3b-4)

I’m writing to encourage your own teaching. You have an important story to tell. Witnessing is just that — it is restating what you have observed. How has God worked in your life? What has he shown you? Share this honestly and simply and your voice will be heard for its own authenticity.

Go and share. Someone is waiting for you!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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