How would you react if you joined a gym and signed up for a fitness trainer because you needed some motivation to workout, but the fitness trainer you were assigned was in worse shape than you?
Your first thought might be, I don’t know that I want to take advice from this guy.
Because you expect more out of certain people.
And much like you expect a fitness trainer to embody the results from a healthy lifestyle, people expect certain qualities out of those who profess to be followers of Christ.
Just as much as a fitness trainer is a walking contradiction, or maybe even a harsher name like hypocrite, because of their lack of fitness, so is a Christian who lacks the character of Christ.
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So how do you avoid becoming a walking contradiction?[spacer height=”20px”]
3 Steps To Avoid Becoming A Walking Contradiction[spacer height=”20px”]
Jesus: You Pharisees are a walking contradiction. You are so concerned about external things—like someone who washes the outside of a cup and bowl but never cleans the inside, which is what counts! Beneath your fastidious exterior is a mess of extortion and filth.40 You guys don’t get it. Did the potter make the outside but not the inside too?41 If you were full of goodness within, you could overflow with generosity from within, and if you did that, everything would be clean for you.
In this passage, Jesus is dealing with what some many Christians are accused of today – hypocrisy. The religious leaders of that day were so meticulous about ritualistic details, but they seemed to miss out on what really mattered.
Jesus points out that following God is about more than keeping with an appearance, it’s about a personal walk with God that is strong that it can’t help but be noticeable to others.
It’s not about fabricating a Christian appearance it’s about being so full of the Spirit that it overflows into every area of your life.
And it’s not about controlling others people’s actions. You have zero control over what others are doing, but you have 100% control over your actions.
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So what is it about?[spacer height=”20px”]
It’s about filling yourself with goodness.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Fill yourself with goodness by accepting the only one who is good – Jesus
- Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
- Romans 3:23-25 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Fill yourself with goodness through bible reading and memorizing scripture
- Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Fill yourself with goodness by seeking God in Prayer.
- Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
So don’t be a walking contradiction today, but instead be filled with goodness that overflows into every area of your life.