We may have several roles we play in society: as a spouse, a parent, or a co-worker, to name a few. At the same time, there are cultural standards for what it means to be “good” at the various roles we find ourselves in. But these cultural standards are sometimes in conflict with who we are in Jesus. So, how do we navigate cultural pressure to “fit-in” while remaining authentic to the person Jesus is transforming us into?

Paul was writing to 1st century Romans. How do you think Colossians 3:18-4:1 would be written to 21st century Americans? How would it be expanded or changed? What would stay the same?

Paul instructs the Colossians to “work heartily.” This extends beyond our jobs. What does it look like to work heartily in every other area of your life?

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul says we all belong to the body of Christ, but we are individual members of that body. So, what it means to be authentic will look different from person to person. What does living authentically as a follower of Jesus mean to you?

When have you ever felt the pressure to please people? What did it look like, or what would it look like, to be courageously authentic in that situation?

Further Reading

Living Gratitude

David recalled his painful challenges as well as remembered God’s faithfulness. God often uses gratitude to ignite life change for us and encourage faith in him. How can we develop a discipline of gratitude to change our perspective on life? Read Psalm 40 paying...

Trusting God Through Transitions

Moving from one season of life into the next may cause us to face certain challenges. Successfully transitioning through those challenging conditions or situations involves trusting that God is always with us and is moving us forward even when it doesn’t feel like it....

Your Wonders of Old

Throughout the Bible, God tells people to remember. Maybe because we so easily forget. And there’s nothing better to call to mind than God’s faithfulness. His enduring faithfulness has been at work in the family of LifePoint Church for over 35 years. He has proven...

Learning Contentment

Contentment is one of those difficult to define qualities that’s even more challenging to put into practice and actually experience. Growing in this quality is a continual process that can’t be rushed. Whether you are very aware of your discontent or feel mostly...

Stand

What would it look like for you to stand strong in your life right now? At different times in life, internal and external pressures can force us to lose our footing and direction. As we near the conclusion of the letter to the Philippians, we find encouragement to...