Good Morning Heavenly Father, Lord & Savior & welcome Holy Spirit into our day.
Thank you for protecting us as we slept through the night.
As you awaken us today, we ask that you order our steps & help us make the right decisions today.
We will ask you 1st about everything we do & say.
Help us grow up strong & smart.
Increase our time spent with you today to bring about miracles, signs & wonders during our day.
Let us see you everywhere we go and tell someone today about your goodness and how you have changed our lives & those around us.
You ROCK & we are R.O.C.K.
Let us remember that always & forever!
In Jesus' Name I pray, AMEN! 💝
I will be a light to this world and show them who I am.
““You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16 NIV
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Putting on a Show
Bible Reading: Luke 12:1-3
Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees-beware of their hypocrisy. Luke 12:1
SARAH WAS an incredible actress-the darling of her eighth-grade drama class. She was an extrovert with a bubbly personality. Sarah’s rise to stardom continued in high school, not just in drama but as the center attraction in everything she did. During her senior year, she was class president and prom queen.
Funny thing about Sarah, though. Hardly anyone knew her as a real person. She was an actress. From her flashy personality to her flamboyant signature in the yearbook, Sarah’s classmates saw only Sarah the performer. Sarah the real person was camouflaged from their view.
All of us are like Sarah-to some extent, anyway. You probably learned early on to put on masks and disguise flaws you didn’t want anyone to see. When we were little, most of us broke into the cookie jar-and then acted like an angel so mom wouldn’t bust us. When we got older we maybe figured out how to tum on the charm and manipulate facts to get what we wanted.
Jesus calls that kind of behavior the “yeast of the Pharisees” or “hypocrisy.” It’s all about pretending to be something you’re not-putting up a front to conceal your true identity. The Greek word actually means “play-acting,” and first referred to Greek dramatists, who were famous for their masks. The Pharisees were the Bible’s Oscar-winning hypocrites. Jesus said about them, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away” (Mark 7:7). They put all their energy into looking religious in front of people, but they were only play-acting. Their relationship with God was fake.
So God doesn’t want his people lurking behind masks. What is he looking for? He wants the opposite of a mask. He wants you to be see-through-transparent. A transparent person shows a completely honest face to himself, to others, and to God. You can see right through him because he’s missing the mask.
Being transparent is especially indispensable for a Christian. You likely blow it on occasion-angry words, hateful deeds, failure, sin. The key to recovery from a bad situation isn’t hypocrisy-hiding behind a mask. It’s transparency-admitting to God and your Christian brothers and sisters that you’re less than perfect and that you need forgiveness.
Easier said than done? Yes. But being transparent is the only way people can get to know and love the real you.
REFLECT: When have you been hidden behind a mask? Why does God not like that brand of hypocrisy?
PRAY: Ask God to help you become transparent.
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