Abandoning Hypocrisy


What do you have in your darkness?  What are you concealing?  And if it was made known today would you be labelled a hypocrite?  The chances are that we all have stuff.  The hypocrites claim they don’t. They claim to have it all together. Don’t be a hypocrite…

1 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
Luke 12:1-3

Having just addressed the Pharisees, who cleaned the outside of their cups well, while hiding their uncleanness underneath, Jesus warned his followers against the yeast of these false leaders.  Their teaching spread like yeast in dough, and so Jesus wanted to protect his followers from the impact of their hypocritical teaching.

In contrast to the way the Pharisees put up a holy front, Jesus shared that everything will come to light.  The things people conceal will be disclosed. The hidden will be made known.  Their hypocrisy would be shamed as their darkness would be brought into light by Jesus.

What do you have in your darkness?  What are you concealing?  And if it was made known today would you be labelled a hypocrite?  The chances are that we all have something which would put us in this category.  Notice that Jesus isn’t targeting his followers.  The you and me in the story are safe, unless we line up with the Pharisees.

What’s the difference?  Claiming to have it all together.  Don’t do that.  Don’t make it appear that you are perfect when you, like me, have your crap.  We all have our crap.  Hypocrites pretend they have no crap.  Don’t be a hypocrite Pharisee.

So the first step is admitting that we have stuff in the shadows.  The second step is to surrender that stuff to Jesus so that he can bring more light into our world and edge out the darkness.

Will God invest in me like that?  Will he help me with my stuff?  Sure he will. Why?  Because we are valuable to God.  We are precious: “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows,” (Luke 12:6-7).

God wants to help us live lives which are pleasing to him…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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