Battling Hypocrisy - Developing a Willing Heart

Thoughts from today’s reading of Matthew 23…

37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

I think that the rest of today’s 23rd chapter is one that contains some of harshest words from Jesus—and it’s directed at the Pharisees or the hypocrites. It’s so easy for us to judge people who are like the Pharisees—the overly religious or extreme conservatives, because we’re not necessarily like them. But I realized over the years that we’re not that far off from them—especially, when we think of what truly implicates them—their hypocrisy. As a leader, it’s caused me to become more vigilant about keeping my confessions current and slower to judge the shortcomings of others. There’s something else that I’ve been very conscious of as well—my willingness. In vs. 37, Jesus points out the Pharisees’ UNWILLINGNESS. I think it is one of the hallmarks of hypocrisy and it is in fact, that which allows us not to be hypocrites. You see, we are always going to be headed towards hypocrisy every time we talk about sin. But where we stop short of that is when we look into our hearts and see the WILLINGNESS there to repent and obey. Where unwillingness is a hallmark of hypocrisy, willingness is a hallmark of a true follower of Jesus Christ. Pay attention to the willingness in your heart today. #desiringGod

Love, Sam