The Great Adventure – Hypocrite’s Heart

“Jesus replied, ‘You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”’” Mark‬ ‭7:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬
 

Have you encountered a “hypocrite?” They say one thing but do something else? I confess I am a hypocrite. I say I want to be healthy and then eat a Krispy Kream donut (when my wife’s not looking). I say I love Jesus, but then don’t live a life of love that honors Him. I can come to CROSSROADS and sing songs but truly not worship God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I am a hypocrite and working on my weaknesses. The good news is I have people all around me keeping me accountable for my imperfections.

 

Following God is a choice that requires us to pursue Him daily. When the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven becomes a genuine reality for us, we stop faking it through religious obligation. Then we begin to passionately follow Jesus. Just imagine stepping into this Great Adventure to live an authentic life. A life that moves us beyond hypocrisy.   Recall the time you first encountered and experienced the love of Christ. How did that experience shape you? Faking it isn’t usually intentional. Sometimes we lose the joy of our salvation. We forget how much we love God because religion or the other Christians have pushed us away from God. Maybe that’s where you find yourself as you read these words. If you’re in that place, take some time in prayer to simply ask the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit how the joy of your salvation can be restored in your life. Ask God to move you from being fake to being full of His love. Don’t walk around with a hypocrites heart, but a heart of passion for Jesus.

 

In Christ’s Love and Service, Pastor Paul Marzahn

Questions To Consider:

  1. Have you encountered a “hypocrite?” How did you know they were fake?
  1. Recall the time you first encountered and experienced the love of Christ. How did that experience shape you? How can you rediscover that feeling?
  1. In what areas of your life are you a hypocrite? Where is God convicting you to make changes?