It’s not the big things that will get us in the end. We walk around in our bubbles, with all our Christian friends, going to church, wearing our Christian t shirts, drinking out of our Christian mugs and feel safe in our Bible studies with our Christian small groups. After all, we are good, we haven’t committed any huge sins and we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb!
So why does everyone call us a hypocrite? They have it all wrong right? We aren’t hypocrites, we are sinners being sanctified everyday as we try to serve our God the best we can. They just don’t get it. But what if they (being all those people who “don’t get it”) actually do get it, and we are missing the point? What if we are just being lazy? Let’s think about this for a moment. What if we are resting in the easy out and are missing the higher, much much higher standard to which we are being called daily to live. Our lives should look nothing like the world. How’s that going?
Ephesians 5: 1-11
Therefore, be imitators if God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolator, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God……Therefor do not become their partners….Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.” And John goes even further to remind us in 1 John 2:4 “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him‘ and yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
In no way am I arguing salvation, it never says you are not saved. But it does say you will not have an inheritance. do you want to be saved but have no inheritance? Do you want to be ”saved” but be non effective for Christ? What good is that? It’s like being the black sheep of the family, how embarrassing? I would rather be so proud of the fact that I now have a place at the table. So thankful that Christ loved me and thought me worthy to die for. “You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be mine.” (Leviticus 20:26). That is nothing to turn my back on. What about you?
I don’t want to be a hypocrite, so I think I will watch my step and my words from now on. After all, it’s about the little things. 😉