You might be a Hypocrite…

You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

Revelation 3:1

Hypocrites are people who profess that they are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ; yet, their lives reveal a different, darker truth. Unfortunately, all hypocrites will one day hear from our Lord and Savior, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23)

It will be a greater tragedy for them than it is for those who simply rejected God because of their sins. Hypocrites go through the motions of faith, but deny the power of Christ and lack the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. If we profess that we are followers of Jesus Christ, then our words, actions, and thoughts would reveal this truth. However, we might be a hypocrites:

If we are driven towards acts of righteousness so that people will see and praise us, then we are hypocrites. (Matthew 6:2, 5)

If we are quick to judge and point out the sins of other people, yet refuse to confess and repent of our own sins, then we are hypocrites. (John 8:3-11)

If we seek to destroy the reputations of godly people through gossip and slander, then we are hypocrites. (Matthew 9:34)

If we are envious at the attention, respect, and admiration of genuine Christians, then we are hypocrites. (Matthew 27:18)

If we are steeped in tradition and follow legalistic rules that give us a sense of righteousness; yet our hearts remained untouched by God’s Spirit. (Matthew 23:23)

If we spend more time making ourselves look good on the outside but remain dark in our hearts and souls, then we are hypocrites. (Matthew 23:25-27)

If we frustrate and complicate the message of Christ so that others can’t hear nor understand God’s word, then we are hypocrites. (Matthew 23:13)


Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I’ve behaved like a hypocrite. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness so that I may be counted as one of Your children. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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