“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:13-14 (KJV)
The word “hypocrite” in the New Testament means an actor under an assumed character. The movie industry thrives on actors and actresses. The better they can play the role, the more money they make. Not so in the Kingdom of God. If we play the role of a follower of Jesus, while our behavior and way of life shows differently, we become what the Bible calls a hypocrite. We become in danger of experiencing God’s wrath and judgment because of a life of disobedience. Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we could experience a real change from the inside out, so that we can walk free in Christ, not bound to a life of sin and self-gratification. If we are going to follow Him truly, we must follow Him in public as well in our private lives, in our thinking and in our speaking, in business ethics and in our relationships, in church and at home. Our lives and example must show that we truly love God so we can be true lights in the world shining bright for the glory of God!
Prayer: Father, forgive me for any hypocrisy in my life. I receive Your grace to be real and holy, to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Be glorified in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.