We have all met individuals with a charismatic personality. These individuals are eloquent, persuasive and smooth talkers with abundant knowledge of God’s Word. They have their Bibles, shirts, necklaces and other outward appearances to sway you into thinking that they are extremely religious. They can even quote many Scriptures and reference other’s religious sayings on social media since Sunday after Sunday they park themselves in their church pews. These individuals can bring the erupting volcano of emotions to convince you that they are true, genuine followers of Christ.
Were Judas or Peter flawless men? Am I a flawless person? The Christian life is a process of becoming more and more like Christ. In the process of becoming, we must overcome.
Sometimes what we are tempted to do is not wrong in itself. Eve wanted to be like God. This is humanity’s highest goal. However, Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could become more like God by defying God’s authority, by taking God’s place and deciding for herself what was best for her life. Satan told her to become her own god.
Hypocrite- pretense of piety, insincerity, pretender, false appearance of virtue
A hypocrite is a person who puts on religious behavior in order to gain attention, approval, acceptance, or admiration from others. They are people who do good acts for appearance only not out of compassion or other good motives. Actions may be good but their motives are hollow.
In the process of refining metals, the raw metal is heated with fire until it melts. The impurities separate from it and rise to the surface. They are skimmed off leaving the pure metal. Without this heating and melting, there would be no purifying. As the impurities are skimmed off the top, the reflection of the worker appears in the smooth pure surface. As we are purified by God, His reflection in our lives will become more and more clear.
1 Peter 1:6-7 – In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.