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April 22, 2010

At Velocity the other night we talked about if we are going to proclaim Christ and say that we are following Him then there must be some sort of change that happens in our lives. First and foremost God saves us and changes our hearts. That is followed up with the process of sanctification here on earth. So God saving us is seen on the outside by our lives looking different.

I am not sure about you, but if I took a guess I bet that someone has called you a hypocrite at some point in your life. I was just called one last week. So we all know what that feels like. Even if its true, when someone calls you a hypocrite that doesn’t mean you like it. I think sometimes we as Christians are afraid to take certain steps in our sanctification because we don’t want to be called hypocrites. The first reason for that being that we feel guilty if its true and the second being that still no one likes being called that.

I wanted to relieve some of that fear and tension when it comes to being a hypocrite. I think some times Christians think they need to be perfect to be the salt and light Jesus talks about in theses verses.

Matt 5:13-16 Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

To relieve that tension or fear or being a hypocrite we must do a few things:

  1. Remember that we have been given grace through faith.
  2. Remember if God saves and sanctifies you then He also made you the salt and light in these verses. Stop trying so hard. Let Him do the work.
  3. Remember that it is never about us and us being perfect, but it is about God. He is the only person who is perfect.

What are your thoughts?

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