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Hypocrite (:noun hyp·o·crite \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\): a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.

You ever wonder why some “gurus” seldom mention their own shortcomings? Every notice how we live in an age that has all of the answers but very little of the fruit? Every wish someone would just keep it all the way one hundred and admit that, although they are a teacher, their also a student? Ever just want someone to give you a transparent truth?…math

I have.

A few years ago I remember having a conversation with God about it. In looking at the landscape of leadership, it seemed at the time, that I was surrounded by some that had answers for others people’s lives, yet lacked mirrors…like as math problem found in the back of a school text book, I was coming across advice from people that could tell me the answer, but couldn’t show their own work…

Work.

Remember in math class, when we’d submit homework and the teacher wanted to know how we arrived at that answer? He or she would say, “…don’t just write the answer- show your work!” In other words, the teacher didn’t just want the right answer, s/he wanted to know that we KNEW the steps it took and what the process meant. They wanted to know that we understood the steps, because if we didn’t get the” how” of the math problem, we wouldn’t be able to build off of what we learned and solve the next level of math problems in the years to come. I believe there’s a principle at work here…

Paul wrote in Romans 7:21, “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22) For in my inner being I delight in God’s law, 23) but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work with in me…”

It’s interesting. We live in a day where it’s “cool” to boast a pedigree yet deny our imperfections. We will show the blessing, but not the process. Give the answers but not how we arrived to the solution. Yet even the great Apostle Paul wrestled with the hypocrisy of flesh nature verse his spiritual nature AND shared his failed places, that others might see God at work in spite of his failed places. Again, I believe there’s a principle at work…

So, what does all of this mean? Well, I believe all scripture is given to us for usefulness. I believe God, being so Wise, placed this example in His word, so that we would be aware of our own humanity, yet encouraged in overcoming our sin nature. And lastly, I believe just like that math teacher asking to “…see our work” Paul’s hypocrisy was displayed, not so that we’d point fingers at his past problems, but so that we’d have an example of someone overcoming their vulnerability and pressing towards The Solution. If we read the scripture in its entirety, we see Paul bringing the focus back to The One that is able to rescue us from our sin nature and the hypocrisy that is inherent with every human’s flesh. He reminds us that it’s just God that’s able to sustain, renew and deliver us. Now, isn’t that good to know?

To anyone wrestling with the reality of your failed places verses the truth of who God says you are, be encouraged! Yes, trials will come. Yes, you will get “it” wrong at times and yes you will have moments of hypocrisy. It’s simply the reality of humanity. Yet, the good news is, because we are blood-bought believers, we don’t have to stay there! You and I can press into God and away from the contradictions of the world! We can put that cheesecake down and get back on that treadmill!!! LOL! Okay, maybe that was just my personal contradiction, but you get the point. Don’t allow anyone who was created by the same God you serve to convince you that they too haven’t had moments of mixture that God had to grow them from also. No, the word is clear- all fall short (Romans 3:23). The key is to admit, repent and grow and to purpose to be better. So, keep going! Keep growing! Trust, God’s not going to leave us unresolved…

He’s a Problem Solver.

Let’s “..work work work work work…” 🙂 #RhiMoment 😀

Nikki Washington

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