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Bible Challenge – Mark 7

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” v.6-7 (NLT)

Hypocrisy is pretending to be something you are not and have no intention of being.  Sadly, this is the very thing that keep people from going to church and even trusting Christians.  It happens when our words and actions don’t match.  We may attend a church every week, pray the prayers, sing the songs, lift our hands, and give an amen every once in a while, but then leave and act a totally different way outside the church.  This is a form of hypocrisy and it’s causing others to reject Christ because of our inconsistent living. Acting one way at Church or around Church Friends and then acting another way away form the Church and Church friends is not the way of Christ.  In fact, it is the total opposite. Instead of drawing people to Christ thru your influence, you are pushing them away and allowing them to not see the need of Jesus in their life because the only difference they see, is that you go to church and they don’t!

Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because they worshiped God for the wrong reasons. Their worship was not motivated by love but by a desire to attain profit, to appear holy, and to increase their status. We become hypocrites and like the Pharisees  when we pay more attention to our reputation and status than our character. We carefully follow/mimic certain religious practices or activities or get caught in knowing what to say/knowing how to act to make ourselves look holier then we really are.

Bottom line is this, when we truly meet Jesus and surrender our lives to Him it changes us from the inside out.  It changes how we act, how we talk, and how we live.  Until this happens, we will pretend to be something we are not and mimic what we think we are supposed to be!  This can be tiring and stressful.  This is why Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Today, Will you continue to fake it, or will you allow yourself to be made complete in Christ, and live authentically?

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