Monday, August 29, 2011

Hypocrisy Exam #2

Two posts down I mentioned a former seminary professor of mine who suggested three practical questions we can ask ourselves, to see where hypocrisy might be taking root and growing in our lives. In that earlier post we looked at Question #1. Moving on...

Question #2: Do you live for the divine audience or the human audience?

Consider Jesus' words in Matthew 23.5: "They do all their deeds to be seen by others."

As my professor posed the question, who do we live for? Who's our "audience"? How often are we absorbed & preoccupied with how we are looking in the eyes of our peers or our superiors? And how often do we stop to give thought to how we may appear to the eye of God? Which audience weighs most heavily on our minds?

One of the things Jesus taught his disciples is that they should not do good & spiritual things (pray, gift gifts, fast, tithe) in order to be seen by others. He taught us that we should actually hide our 'good deeds' as much as possible.

In that way the good deed done draws attention to God... not us. The glory belongs to God... not us.

Which audience has determined the choices you've made so far today?

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