“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matt. 15:7-9
A long time ago, I remember passing a drive-in movie theater that had three screens. I assume that they show three different movies, and you choose which way your car faces and then match up the in-car audio. I was wondering (because I do that a lot) what it would be like to be watching one of those big screens while listening to the audio from one of the other screens. As I was thinking about that, the idea popped in my head that this would make a very fitting illustration for this particular topic.
I wonder, does the world ever look at us and see Jesus, and then when we open our mouths, we sound like the Devil? (Don’t worry, I am preaching this to myself too). I was talking to a lady the other day about a man that we both know. He claimed to be a Christian, but the way he talked, conducted business, and handled his family life, did not seem to match what he professed. I hope and pray that he was a true “possessor,” and not merely a “professor” of Christ.
I remember some years ago, the first sermon that I ever preached was called “What Does Your Bumper Sticker Say?” It is one thing to say that we love Jesus, but completely another thing to live exactly like the lost people at work. They need to see the Light, not feel comfortable in the dark. If we do not practice what we preach, then we give them every reason to call us hypocrites. Remember, rewards are issued based on our faithfulness to the cause of Christ. If we want to have peace as believers, we will desire to walk in the fruit of the Spirit—thus, automatically proving our intimacy with Christ.
When you are in tune with God, you don’t ever have to convince people that you are a child of God—your life will prove it for you. Then when someone asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, you can give them the answer—Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15). If your actions and speech harmonize with each other, people will believe what you have to say, and who knows, they might be the next person to believe in Jesus for His eternal gift of salvation. If the screen matches the audio, it will be enjoyable, and the effects could be far reaching!
In closing, we must remember the Pharisees. They spoke piously, but lacked the truth of God’s Word in their hearts. Please make sure that you are truly a born-again Christian. If you have any questions at all regarding the eternal destiny of your soul, please contact us. When you have Jesus, then you have something worthwhile to talk about.