Do I realize the seriousness of hypocrisy and am I guarding against it?
1 "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. - Luke 12:1-3
I think like any other sin, we all can have hypocritical moments or stumbles (even Spirit filled Peter did in Gal 2:11-13). However, when our lives are characterized by not practicing what we preach, we are hypocrites. Our deeds are being recorded in heaven (Rev 20:12) and will be brought into the light when we stand before Christ. Being a hypocrite is very costly. It causes new believers to fall away and unbelievers to remain unbelievers by making faith in Christ appear to be a sham. People must see authenticity in our faith.
I dated a Christian girl in high school and we were serious enough that her parents would even take me to church, some Sundays. However, as an adult, she wanted nothing to do with God. Why not? Because she was not able to reconcile the “Christian” talk from her dad’s mouth, with the moments where he would sit on top of her, holding her arms down with his legs, screaming at her, and poking his finger in her chest until her chest was bruised. The devil used his hypocrisy to blind her of God’s love for her.
We might imagine how upsetting this is to the Lord and why He will so sharply punish hypocrites. If we are found to have lived as hypocrites, we will not be allowed to go to heaven (Mt 24:51). If you are struggling with hypocrisy, repent and humble yourself before God, asking Him to give you the grace to live an authentic faith. You and others will be blessed and God will certainly be glorified.