Once again, here I stand ready to open myself up to you, because God calls us to be transparent, as modeled in 1 Thessalonians chapter 2. Below you will find an excerpt from a message that was recently sent to me. I humbly ask that you take your focus off of who may have authored the composition, but rather pay close attention to the content of the composition. This is in no way to disrespect the person who sent this to me, this is simply what was on my heart to write about tonight so here it is:
“I learned way more about u than that spiritual persona you protrayed . therefore , “those church folk” , the pastor preaches about, well look at yourself now , b/c you fall in the catergory of them. You’ve helped me to shield myself away from those fake ppl in church , or hypocrates rather…”
I don’t know about you, but this is NOT the first time I have been charged as a hypocrite. Of all the things you can call me, HYPOCRITE is probably the one that used to hurt the most, until I had a conversation with my Father one night. I simply asked Him “Father, what makes me a hypocrite?” He whispered to me, “the fact that you really love Me“. It was also in that instant that He brought to my attention John 15:18, which says “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”
Have you ever had someone not like you, but there was no reason behind the contention? Trust that many times, as Christians with a GENUINE relationship and love for CHRIST, the world will hate you, because of the GOD IN YOU. A few years ago, a message like this would have brought me to tears, as the LAST thing I want to be viewed as is a hypocrite, until I learned that there is always going to be someone who sees my imperfections and points the judgement finger at me. YES I have sinned and YES I make mistakes, but at the end of the day I try EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of my life to walk in the light of Christ and to live a life pleasing to the King. My Father has reassured me that His annointing will elevate me as I humble myself. He has also emphasized His LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY over my life as He gave His Son up to make me whole again. So no, I am not a hypocrite. I was a sinner who has been Saved, and whose life is being used as an OPEN testimony to win souls for the Kingdom.
We’re all saved from something, right?
After all is said and done, I DO NOT have to speak on behalf of myself, because a tree is known by the fruit it bears. Period, end of story.