Folks in AA often quote the phrase, “Fake it till you make it.”
As a Christian in Christ who has Christ in me, I much prefer the phrase,
“Act in the Fact!”
I like 2 Peter 3:11: Seeing then that all these things (are so), what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?
Now Peter is talking about the certain destruction of all current matter, but I think the idea applies to my positional truths as well. Because my position, in reality, is that I am in Jesus and he is in me. Therefore:
- I am dead to sin
- I am alive to God
- I am immortal
- I am a child of the Creator of all
- I can do all things through Christ
- I am the chief of sinners forgiven, etc.
Since these are true, what type of person should I be?
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Matthew 5:16
I am to let my light so shine that people will see my good works and conclude there is a God.
But, you object, “I don’t feel these truths and instead, I struggle on the inside with comparison, anger, self-contempt, fear of the future, fear of the opinions of men, confusion, lust, etc.”
The verse doesn’t say to feel in the fact but to be from the Greek word hupoarcho, which means to begin and continue in the facts flowing to us from God. Like all adopted children, I have the right and power to act in the love and provisions of my new parents (the Godhead) and respond with gratitude, love, and delight in the things they make possible. Then, as only makes sense, I present myself back to my heavenly Father as a living sacrifice.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.Romans 12:1
So, fellow adoptee — Act in the Fact
Stop cringing when he goes to hug you, stop acting as though his rules are there to spoil your fun.
You are loved.