Read Matthew 23, Psalm 50 September 23
Am I The Great Pretender?
“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:1 NLT
There is perhaps some pretension in all of us. The root word of hypocrisy and hypocrite traces back to the Greek word meaning actor. Many times we find ourselves acting out roles based on our self image, a desire to please, or to meet the expectations of others. Paul says that he has become all things to all men so
that by all means he may save some.
This may have worked well for Paul, but it has been a disaster in many churches where the truth has been compromised in the name of love or numbers, and people are told what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear. We often have a performance gap between who we are at church on Sundays and who we are the rest of the week.
There is often such a difference between “talking the talk” and “walking the walk,” that we become stumbling blocks instead of building blocks for the cause of Christ among our family, friends, and acquaintances. The Scribes and Pharisees were the great pretenders of Christ’s day. He did not mince words in showing what he thought of their hypocrisy and self righteousness. He called them snakes and a brood of vipers. We need to be ever mindful that we cannot pretend with God. He knows our every thought, and what’s really in our heart. We must continually guard our hearts and cleanse them daily of all pretense and hypocrisy through confession and repentance.
Father, by the power of Your Spirit, help me to live inside out as one of your redeemed. In Jesus' name,Amen.
“But God says to
the wicked: “Recite my laws no longer, and don’t pretend that you obey Me.”
Psalm 50:16 NLT
“You try to look like upright people outwardly, but inside your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
Matthew 23:28 NLT
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