Masked (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 124)
Luke 6:42 (NLT)
How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
Hypocrisy is not only a sin, but it can be a source of anxiety. Pretending to be someone we’re not, to have something we don’t have, or to do something we don’t do is a sure way to get tired and frustrated. Just think about it. Your brain will always be running on overtime because you have to remember what you said to someone the last time you saw them, check the way you act in front of another person, and pretend to have something or do something that is equal to someone else.
God’s plan for each of our lives is unique and special. He did not create us all alike and does not expect us all to have the same things, look the same way, and work the same occupation. It will be consistently difficult to focus on God’s purpose for one’s life when most of your time is being spent comparing yourself and your situation to someone else and their situation. You want your relationship with God and with others to be authentic. So authentic, in fact, that you are genuinely happy for them and do not look to tear them down, but to build them up.
With a log in our eye, it is increasingly hard to see the real deal in someone else. God wants us to deal with ourselves first. We must focus on getting our own hearts rights, minds clear, and spirits in alignment with God’s will. Living as a hypocrite causes us to run around in circles very fast and get nowhere. It is a waste of time and energy to keep up with someone else’s life. You don’t know what they have to go through or what God has done for them to cause them to be who they are and live as they do.
Don’t waste time like that. Don’t waste your energy or your life living as a hypocrite. Take time to examine yourself. Reflect on your own life and talk to God about what He wants for you. He will most certainly lead you to a life of freedom, joy, and authenticity. Drop the mask. Look in the mirror. Put up a glass window if you have to. Instead of wasting your life trying to be someone else, experience the joy of living under God’s purpose and letting Him use your life to benefit others.
“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
— Noel Coward