I’m sitting in the kitchen right now, bored out of my mind, overhearing a group of women talk about makeup. My mom used to sell Mary Kay, and I certainly have no issue with women wearing makeup, but I can’t say that I have any interest in it all. I am amazed though, while overhearing all of this, of how much women have to do in the morning.. I just smell my clothes to see if they’re clean, and get dressed. It is certainly a very complicated process.
Now to my intent behind this post; take in mind that I am not putting women down for wearing makeup, rather I am writing this because listening to the women talk about all of it, I can’t help but to think about the spiritual. The spiritual “makeup,” if you will, that so many put on every day to make themselves appear more righteous when in public.
Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen it and most all of us have done it. Now, if you have repented of it and moved on then kudos to you. I am not writing this to bring condemnation, but if you haven’t repented of it then now would be a good time; hypocrisy, two-facedness, indecision, halfheartedness, and the like have no place in the kingdom of God nor in His children.
But I digress.. We can talk about repentance, certainly, but for now I want to discuss the issue and later we will discuss the resolution of the problem.
I won’t say that I haven’t done it, but it certainly is an issue that we not only need to address within ourselves but also overcome. We know that, and this is a scripture I reference often for good reason, a “double-minded (indecisive) person is unstable in all of their ways,” (JAMES 1:8), and we are certainly told that “unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (MATTHEW 5:20)
The Scribes and Pharisees were men who made themselves appear righteous, as the religious leaders and authorities, but were inwardly wicked. They would make their outer appearance look good, but they had no real righteousness. In fact, if you want an example of hypocrisy they are it in scripture; and the perfect example of wearing spiritual makeup!
Instead of just making yourself appear righteous to others, actually live righteously. I mean,if you’re taking the time to apply yourself to appearing as though you are you’re already not far from actually doing it; truthfully, with little effort you could be actually living in obedience all of the time as opposed to just in front of others. It’s simple, just apply yourself to it all of the time instead of only doing so when others are around.. Seriously it doesn’t take much effort to keep doing it even when you are alone, or around others.
Admittedly, I had some trouble with this for a while but it is something I eventually had to grow out of. Like everything else in the faith, though, it requires determination and focus; a serious and intentional effort, beyond just saying you are something without actually having any works to back up the faith that you say you have.
We live in a time where the people of the church are more concerned with the appearance of righteousness, than righteousness itself; a wicked generation that values apearance over actual moral stability. The love of self, material things, and looks holds more precedence than living a faithful and obedient life. Sad though it may be, until we address it in ourselves we will never grow beyond it.
It’s much more common, and seemingly so much easier for so many to point out the flaws in others without seeing that they themselves are no better off, and are themselves much worse in some instances.
I often find myself confounded by how so many who say they love the Lord hold grudges, live in unforgiveness and dread toward others, and have a very hypocritical outlook on the faith. When it comes to looking the part they are very diligent, but when it comes to actually living it they are lax. We are called to so much more than just Sunday morning worship!!
To repent of it, to turn around and focus on God, and “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” is the only way out of that way of life; being absent of yourself and full of Christ, Who is true righteousness in us. I’ve written about this a few times, being void of ourselves and focused completely on Him, so I won’t go much into that in this post, but do read the others when you have the time. It is an important truth to understand.
The key thing to remember is this: Study diligently, make a serious effort to obey God, but do not move on from a thing until you are living the thing.
I will leave this here for now, but I hope to be able to write more on this soon. Have a great night!