If a person’s life doesn’t back up what he’s saying, don’t listen to him. I remember hearing a preacher give a great message on holiness. But when he invited me over to his house after the service, I was shocked at what I saw. The pastor was watching the same sinful TV shows he was preaching against. I could never listen to him again because he was a phony.

God’s Word isn’t a smorgasbord. We can’t pick and choose what or when we will obey. Either we will obey it completely and immediately, or we will be in rebellion. Partial or delayed obedience is disobedience in God’s eyes. The sad truth is that when we choose to live in hypocrisy, others are hurt by our inconsistency. No one ever pays the price of sin alone.

I’ve known parents who had heard my preaching on certain issues but had told themselves, That doesn’t pertain to me or my family. Other parents look like wonderfully dedicated people when they’re in church, only to go home and be mean to their family. Many of these people have paid the price through their children. The kids grow up under this hypocrisy and get fed up. As soon as they get old enough to go out on their own, they leave the church. Do you want to be held responsible for this?

It’s time for us to get serious, Christians. People aren’t impressed with us because we’re spiritual giants on the surface. They want to see real Christians with a real commitment to Jesus Christ. Our lives speak far louder than our lips.

A person’s character and their garden both reflect the amount of weeding that was done in the growing season. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder