Daily Devotional – Hypocritical Christians

Roman 3:3:-4

3 What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? 4 By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,

“That you may be justified in your words,

and prevail when you are judged.”

I can think of several conversations I have had with folks who say, “I would like to believe in Jesus but the Christians I know are such hypocrites”. I am sure that there are people that know the ebb and flow of my life and my walk with Jesus that might point to me and question the validity of the message of God’s redemptive work based on hypocritical moments in my life. Sometimes it can be a challenge to explain that even though we have placed our faith in Jesus, the witness of our lives will not always look all that consistent, sinless, or non-hypocritical to others observing our walk. So how do we combat the fact that we are flawed messengers trying to deliver a unflawed message from a perfect God? I think today’s verses help us out.

In Romans 3:3-4, the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Rome reminds us that just because we are not always faithful in our commitment to God or in our execution of His commands it does not change the fact that God has chosen to be completely faithful to us. Just for context, the Apostle Paul is making this statement of God’s faithfulness in His relationship to the Jews. Essentially, he is telling us that if we have a relationship with God then no matter how poorly or inconsistently we act in that relationship God will remain faithful in His commitment to us. Paul helps us because he reminds us that then when share Jesus with others the focus is ultimately not about how the Christians will act post conversion but it is rather ultimately how God is faithful to those who are in relationship with Him.

The big take-away here is that although Christians are often inconsistent and faithless, God is always consistent and faithful. For those who are in relationship with God, consistency and faithfulness come in the form of grace, mercy, and salvation. For those outside of relationship with God, consistency and faithfulness comes in the form of justice, condemnation, and wrath. As witnesses and messengers of God’s consistency and faithfulness we must deflect from our own imperfections and point to God’s perfections and encourage the listener to find relationship with God through Jesus.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your consistency and your faithfulness. Thank you that even as we fumble through this life doing our best to represent you and your message you love us and continue to use us. Forgive us our sins and forgive us where we have been hypocritical and inconsistent. We look to you today to guide us. In Jesus name. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – Hypocritical Christians

  1. Bro,
    I can’t tell me how many times I have heard this from people or another good one is “I don’t like organized religion”. These are just excuses people make for not wanting to repent and follow Jesus. The thing they don’t realize is there has only been one man who has never sinned. I think what we need to do as followers of Christ is to show more repentance when we sin and let the unsaved see that we are only human. Jesus tells us in Mark 2:17 “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” I think that’s a message we need to do a better job of relaying. Anyone who has read the Bible can see how God has used murderers, adulterers and thieves to do his most important work. Pastor Matt Pitt starts every service by saying “ We are not perfect just forgiven” Good post!

  2. From the point of view of an outsider looking in, in my past I have been one to use the excuse about “too many hypocritical folk” in organized religions. But as I’ve grown, I realized how hypocritical it’s been for me to say that.

    One of my favorite sayings from the Bible is… I believe John 8:7… “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” There is so much power in that simple statement.

    It’s hard to live a sinless life. Instead of putting down folks who have slipped up in their pasts, is it not infinitely better to encourage and support them as they try to live a better life and spread good news?

    Thank you for sparking some self-reflection here!

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