During my years at a Christian college, it came to my attention that several of the students had adopted a very unusual ritual. At around 11 on Sunday morning these students would roll out of bed and hit the showers. The men would shave; the women would put on their make-up and carefully fix their hair. Then they put on their Sunday best and preceded to the dining hall for lunch. Although they didn't wake up in time to go to church, it was obviously very important to them to give the impression that they had.

These students evidently didn't know about the day of disclosure at the judgment seat of Christ. Understanding of the judgment seat destroys hypocrisy and pretence. In just three verses Jesus cures hypocrisy by revealing a very sobering truth about our future.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be made known. Whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. (Luke 12:1c-3)

Do you realize that this is actually going to happen? It makes a difference when you do. I shared this truth with Jennifer, our six-year-old daughter, and asked her several weeks later if it had made any difference in her life. She said, "I don't think I lie very much any more." When I asked her why not, she responded, "What's the use?"

Striving to Look Good

In the above passage, what were the Pharisees doing that was so dangerous? Like the hypocritical students, they sought to impress men. Even when they did good deeds such as fasting, praying, and giving to the poor, they tried to make sure that others would notice. They weren't trying to please God or to benefit man; they were striving to look good in man's eyes.

Since Christ bore our punishment already, the issue at the judgment seat is not punishment; the issue is reward. God will bestow reward after exposing not only what you did, but also why you did those things.

But with me it is a very small thing to be judged by you or by any human court...It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation from God. (1 Corinthians 4:3, 4b-5)


Jamie Lash                     

(assisted by Brent Wallace)






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