But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. - John 3:21 (NIV)
Jesus told them to drop their nets and follow Him... they did. Jesus called them out of their family business... and they came. Jesus Christ went to the misfits, the uneducated, the edge of culture to find His disciples.
We read the story of the disciples, their call, response, and pursuit to learn what Jesus, their Rabbi, was teaching them. With no shame, no questions, and no apologies, they quickly learned that following their Master required them to be transparent and authentic - just like Jesus.
The church leaders and self-righteous "keepers of the kingdom" (pharisees) emerged from private meeting rooms to witness the power and authority of Peter and John teaching on the temple steps. They remarked, almost scoffing, "who are these average, ordinary, uneducated men teaching with authority of God?" (Acts 4). People scrambled by the thousands to hear Peter and John... they were authentic - true to self - transparent - and bold.
As you and I line up to speak about Christ, our faith, and making disciples as we have been instructed - we must remember that we are perfectly wired by God, but yet imperfect humans. What you see is what you get.
What makes an authentic Christian man is his consistency. We are the same God-fearing and God-pleasing regardless of location or situation.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP
Who do you know that is clearly and authentic Christian man?
What things are you doing in the dark, that needs to come into the Light of Christ?
PRAY: God, I want to please you. Make me into a man that people can trust - not by what I do - but how I live according to your command and teaching. Amen.