The word authentic, when we are referring to, for example “Authentic Italian Cooking” means the food is made with the same ingredients and techniques found in the original, and if it’s truly authentic, it ought to taste just like Sunday dinner at Nonna’s.
To be authentic men and women we need to recall in whose likeness we were created [Genesis 1:27]. Obviously, likeness does not refer to physical characteristics, but rather points to our ability to know and love God and all that God created. Put another way, God’s initial gift of love was the act of creation, and God’s entrance into creation in the person of Jesus Christ defined the unbreakable relationship for which we, as part of creation, remain mutually responsible.
Our authenticity is reflected in our response to that responsibility. Are we authentic? Yes! Do we always live authentic lives? Not so much! Our culture makes claims that being authentic requires only that we remain true to ourselves. One popular website states “We only get one life, so why waste it not being the real you?” Er, well, it’s a little more complicated than that. True, we are individuals, but authenticity starts with remembering WHO we are and accepting that we fit in God’s plan. A user’s manual for understanding this plan exists in the person and example of Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you want to know your maker, and you want to live an authentic life, get to know Jesus and actively share what you learn with others.