I’m sure you heard it before, “I don’t want to give my life to Jesus cause I don’t want to be a hypocrite.” Or, “There are hypocrites in the church.” I thought about this statement and I realized these people are right, but not in the way you think.
When it comes to Christians failing to live the way they should people might say they are hypocritical sinners pretending to be saints. However the Lord would say they are saints pretending to be sinners.
When you give your life to the Lord, you are clean! You are not trying to be clean, not working on being clean, not one day you’ll be clean. You are clean the very moment you commit your life to Christ.
Last Sunday at Life Church I felt led to emphasize that we are clean before God, in Christ. It was awesome! I shared 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which says,
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
I’ve heard many people quote this and it is self explanatory. But one error that is often made is that the very next verse isn’t quoted. It says,
“And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
You see God was plainly showing that many people in the Corinthian Church were once unrighteous, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners. But what happened? They drummed up enough strength to stop? They immediately stopped living this way? They all of a sudden had no more desire to do the things they did before? No! They were washed, sanctified, and justified. How? In the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
God was saying, “guys, you are different now! I washed you, I separated you, I justified you; now act like it! Act like who you really are and stop pretending or being “fake” in acting like a sinner.” Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t judge you the way people might? Aren’t you glad that His grace is there not only to change you and make you clean but it is also there to keep you from falling?
I’ll say it again, when it comes to Christians failing to live the way they should, people might say they are hypocritical sinners pretending to be saints. However the Lord would say they are saints pretending to be sinners.
Do you look at yourself as clean before God? Please share your thoughts with me.