1 In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”
Hypocrisy is a sneaky sin. We all hate it. But, if we are honest, we all have a little of the hypocrite in us. Here Jesus exposes it for us to battle against.
As Jesus called his disciples to battle against personal hypocrisy, he specifically pointed out a sin that is super-common. How many of us have said things at home, in the privacy of our own four walls, that we would never say in front of people? How many of us have pretended to be fond of something only to gripe to no end at home?
What is Jesus’ point? God hears. The God who made us all, who knows all things, who sees in secret, our God knows all that we say. He hears our true words. He is not impressed when we put on a sweet public face only to snarl and moan about something at home. God hears your words and mine as if they were being shouted from the rooftops even when we only whisper them to our spouse in a fit of complaining at night.
Christians, let us be careful to be honest. We do not do ourselves any good when we pretend to be one thing when we are actually another. Let us guard our words. Let us realize that our true hearts are on display before God. Let us remember that the world also often sees and hates our hypocrisy. Let us be people whose yes is yes and whose no is no.
Lord, I confess to you that I can be full of hypocrisy. It is so easy to not want people to see into my heart. Please forgive me for lacking perfect honesty. Help me to turn from the fear of man and to be a person of truth. Help me to glorify your name by never hiding anything, but by always being real. Help me also to have the wisdom and sweetness of spirit to have right, kind, and honest words to say at home and in public.