Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. Luke 12:1-3

Hypocrisy, that gets leveled at Christians all the time. Jesus leveled the same charge at the Pharisees. Basically hypocrisy is saying one thing while doing something else, usually just the opposite of what was said. One thing I know is that hypocrisy is easily detected in someone else while most of us have a blind spot when it comes to seeing it in ourselves. We all like to think we walk the talk but too often we come up short. It seems Christians are just as human as the next person.

As much as we wish otherwise we all fall short of living the Christian life at one time or another. Think about the guy who cut you off in traffic, probably not a lot of Christian love went through your mind at the time. You probably honked your horn and maybe mumbled a few words you should not have. Possible you made a rude gesture? Or you are standing in the 15 items or less line at the store and in front of you is a person with half a shopping cart full. What goes through your mind, love or irritation?

When most people think of Christians they think not of Jesus but us. It is our actions that define Christianity to the world. When we act like the world the world sees no difference between us and them. We all need to strive to live our lives as God would want us to. But when we fall short we need to admit our short comings while letting others know that we are trying our best to emulate Jesus and it is He not us that they need to look towards. We will always fall short but Jesus never does. We need to show people Jesus in our words and our actions.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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