It’s easy to be a hypocritical Christian. The comparison game is human nature, so naturally we can start to think well at least I don’t do that…
I’ve been a Christian since I was young, but I don’t believe I took Christianity seriously all my life. I knew the things I shouldn’t do, but I never had a heart of obedience quite as big as my heart of guilt. If I felt guilty enough, I wanted that to convince me not to sin. It wasn’t a matter of loving God enough to stop, or at least it wasn’t until I was older.
I say all that to say Christians should be more careful. I was a good kid, and I was a Christian in my younger days, but I don’t know that I was a Christ follower in the areas I most needed to be one in, in those areas where I had so much influence.
See, I didn’t get drunk, but I did drink too much. I didn’t have sex, but I might have gone a little too far. I didn’t exactly lie, but I didn’t tell the whole truth either. In my mind, I wasn’t perfect, but I certainly wasn’t as bad as “her” or “him.”
However, the bottom line still remains that I was and am not as good as Christ. Which means that I am imperfect and flawed. I sin. The comparison of my sin to others was bad. But the hypocrisy of my Christianity was just plain sad.
James 2:10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
Matthew 7:1-3 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat other. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?”
Abigail woke up for school, got dressed, and brushed her teeth. She looked in the mirror and saw she had toothpaste on her face and left it. With toothpaste on her face she headed out the door to start her day.
You might be asking why would she do that? But the Bible says that’s what we do as Christians sometimes. When we read God’s Word, but don’t do what it says, it’s like leaving toothpaste on our faces.
As Christians we are to have integrity. Integrity is doing what’s right (God’s will) even when no one is looking. It’s doing what’s right even when no one else does. Integrity is knowing better and doing better.
As a Christian, have you been walking in integrity or have you been walking around with toothpaste on your face?
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.
Please open my mind!
Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
I can read my Bible all day, everyday. But it takes a few things to make reading the Bible life-changing.
First, understanding. If I don’t understand what I’m reading, then I’m not comprehending what God is saying am I?
Second, it requires doing. If I’m not doing what the Word is saying, then what am I doing with it? I’ve read it, in reading I’ve accepted the accountability for what I read, so now it must be done.
James 1: 22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
Third, praying. If I don’t pray for understanding before and after I read how likely am I to get it? If I don’t pray to be obedient to do God’s will, then where will the strength come from?
I have to pray for God to open my mind when I read. As smart as I like to think I am, I’m not close to being smart enough to fully grasp God’s words. No, no. It takes godly wisdom and understanding. It takes earnest prayer for understanding. And it especially takes God opening my mind to it all.