The world’s favorite complaint against Christians is that they are hypocrites. But hardly anyone likes the person who isn’t. Not being a hypocrite means you are committed to please only one person. When only one person is happy with the choices you make, life can get very lonely… unless that one person matters more to you than all the world.
REALIZING THE PROBLEM
- I realized that I didn’t really want to spiritually mature. I had grown comfortable with the contradictions
- Reminds me of the story of the wife who asked her husband, “Why don’t you play golf with Ted anymore.” Her husband replied, “Would you play golf with a man who moved the golf ball with his foot when you weren’t watching?” His wife said, “Well, no. I wouldn’t.” Her husband said, “Well, neither will Ted.” I understand how Ted feels because no one wants to be around a hypocrite.
- We’re convinced that everyone else around us is living the “perfect” Christian life and we’re the only ones having trouble.
- There may have been a time when our zeal for Jesus was great, when we had a passion for Him. At some point we wanted to reflect Him. Instead, we begin reflecting the people around us.
- Spiritual maturity doesn’t materialize when someone makes use of the genetic predisposition, the talent, to speak well. It doesn’t materialize when a worship leader makes use of the genetic predisposition to sing pitch perfect.
- In the Parable of the Tares, an enemy plants weeds among the wheat. Matthew 13:24-30
WHAT GOD SAYS
- God loves us. He loves us unconditionally and unendingly, no matter how badly we blow it.
- Most of us have been out there trying to love others, before we have any idea of what it really means to love God with all our heart, mind and soul.
- How often do you totally give yourself over to Him and seek to put His Will and His Desires above your own? How often are you consumed with what He desires for your life and not what you want out of life?
- you desire His Will above your own happiness?
- Most of the world is seeking happiness and contentment as their ultimate goal. Is that your goal?
WHAT WE ARE TO DO
- Psalm 139. – Cleanse Me HYMN. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
- HDL cholesterol clears our arteries and helps to fight against heart disease. LDL cholesterol builds plaque in our arteries. Godly sorrow keeps us pumping, clearing the flow of His communion, which is our salvation.
- We don’t close the gap with outward behavior. We let Jesus do an inward work.
VISION FOR LIVING
- Instead of trying to correct our desires, why not depend on God to transform them?
- His increase from within, not of our own strength.
- Anything short is compromise; it’s an attempt to facilitate an environment where both God and I can increase.
- Impossible to enjoy our addictions if we were drawing near to God. Could we tolerate lust, drunkenness, lying, cheating, and gossiping as we worship?