Posted by Kurtis Parks on 1 June 2015

Ok, I have a confession to make. There are only two types of TV that I watch – sports, and reality TV. One reality TV show is one of the dumbest concepts out there, but I can’t get enough of it. It’s a show based in a Pawn Shop, that follows four family members as they run the shop and buy/sell random items of memorabilia. Every now and then an item comes in that’s been signed by a famous actor, sports star, or musician. Without fail, the head honcho always calls up one of his trusted friends to come and AUTHENTICATE the signature. It’s amazing how many forged signatures exist out there. If the autographed items are the real deal, they receive a certificate of authenticity and they can become quite valuable. However, if the “John Hancock” turns out to be a fake, the item is not worth much at all. In fact, if an item has a fake signature on it, it actually loses value.

I think you can see where this is heading…

I wonder how many forged copies of true worship exist out there? Are we just imitating others, and skating by on the faith and passion of those we admire, or are we pushing ourselves to the limits of our own faith, and seeking God with OUR whole hearts? Sometimes, as worship leaders, just as in any other occupation, it can be easy to hit “auto-pilot” and cruise through weeks, even months, without anyone outside of ourselves knowing the difference! We can pick the right songs, play the right transitions, and even say the right words in a worship setting (of course, you might have to switch to your “prayer voice,” you know what I’m talkin about). It’s sad, but in most FORGED worship settings, most people would rarely notice that something is off. But the good news is, that’s when the Authenticator comes in. As in the TV show I described, the authenticator puts the signatures under the microscope. They study every curve and nuance of an autograph to tell if it’s real, or fake. Nothing escapes the authenticator’s eyes.

In Luke 8:17 we see a picture of the GREAT AUTHENTICATOR. “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” God sees all, knows all, and deserves all. Who we are in the unseen places of our lives will say more about us than anything seen on a stage. If you want to live an authentic life, you have to be who you are, wherever you are. If I can only love people and lead them to Christ with a microphone in front of me, I’m living a lie. I’d be committing forgery in my walk with Jesus. I had a conversation with one of our worship leaders, Chris, about this, and he said he was striving to lead worship two hours at home, for every hour he was on stage. I’m sure his wife is loving the at-home concerts!

When we live a life of worship when no one is watching, it comes pretty naturally when everyone is watching. Worship when no one is around. Sing in your car, pray in the mornings, and see a life of authenticity naturally begin to manifest. God values the real deal, and sees when we are faking it. As in the TV show, forgeries are worthless.

Kurtis Parks is the worship director at National Community Church. He loves writing and producing, playing with GI Joes, eating meatloaf, and hanging with his wife and 2 kids, Norah and Moses.

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