Before I get started, I want to apologize for not making a video today. I have a cold and only really have the energy to do a few written posts before I’ll need to rest again. But I should be able to make a video next week!
One thing that really bothers me about people, and what I wanted to discuss today, is when we are hypocrites. And guess what? It isn’t just Christians that can be hypocrites. All people have been this way at one point or another: you tell someone to do something, or not to do it, but you yourself are doing it, or not doing it. For example, when a parent who is smoking, tells their child not to smoke, you are being a hypocrite. First, quit smoking, then you can tell your child not to do it. Children will do what they see, not what they hear. A second example is when we tell someone to keep their house clean, yet we aren’t keeping our own home clean.
I have had moments of hypocrisy in the past and probably will in the future because my actions aren’t perfect. Yes, I am made perfect in Christ, through His death and resurrection, and God sees me as perfect because He looks at me through Jesus, but my behavior isn’t perfect.
Here’s an example from my own life. I tell people many times on my blog not to worry, not to be anxious, and to trust God. Yet, I still seriously struggle in these areas. I’m not always being a hypocrite because many times I do try to do the things I tell you to do; however, there are times when I just allow myself to get discouraged and depressed and I don’t “feel like” doing the right thing anymore. Those are my moments of hypocrisy. And one thing I need to remember is what James says in James 3:1-2
- Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
You see, I’m a teacher because of this blog and because of the books I write. That means that I’m going to be judged more strictly and it also means that I am tested a lot. Whatever I tell you guys to do, or not to do, I get tested on. I wish I could say that I pass them all the time, but I don’t. Sometimes I do pass the test, but more often I fail and have to take the test again and again until I pass. I think that’s why the Lord is allowing so many things in my life that I could worry about because He is trying so hard to teach me to trust in Him and stop trying to solve everything or be in control of everything myself. He wants to break this habit of worry in me. Why? Well, first, worry is very unhealthy. It makes you sick, you lose sleep, and it causes a lot of health problems. Second, worry doesn’t solve anything. Third, when we worry, we aren’t trusting God at all. Worry is the opposite of trust. If we truly trusted God, we wouldn’t worry about anything because we know that God is in control. And finally, God commands us not to worry in His Word (Matthew 6:25-34).
- “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
If we want to have a peaceful, joyful life and be a great witness to others, we need to learn to practice what we preach. It isn’t easy, but thankfully we can do all things through Christ who is our strength (Phil. 4:13).
So, just so you guys know, I do struggle to practice what I preach, but even though I have moments of hypocrisy, I’m not a hypocrite. I do try really hard to do what I tell you guys to do and I know that the more I grow, the more mature I become, the less hypocrisy will be in my life because I’ll truly do everything I ask you guys to do.
Do any of you struggle with moments of hypocrisy, or how has hypocrisy affected your life? I would love to hear from you! Comment in the box below or send me an email through my contact form!
Have an amazing week guys, and please keep me and my husband in your prayers!