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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
"A Little Hypocrisy"
“That we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.” I Timothy 2:2b-3
“For who hath despised the day of small things?” Zachariah 4:10
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that our lost:” II Corinthians 4:3
After F. E. Marsh preached on the subject of restitution, a young man came to him and said, "Pastor, you have put me in a bad fix. I've stolen from my employer, and I'm ashamed to tell him about it. You see, I'm a boat builder, and the man I work for is an unbeliever. I have often talked to him about Christ, but he only laughs at me. In my work, expensive copper nails are used because they won't rust in water. I've been taking some of them home for a boat I am building in my backyard. I'm afraid if I tell my boss what I've done and offer to pay for them, he'll think I'm a hypocrite, and I'll never be able to reach him for Christ. Yet, my conscience is bothered."
Later when the man saw the preacher again, he exclaimed, "Pastor, I've settled that matter and I'm so relieved."
"What happened when you told your boss?" asked the minister. "Oh, he looked at me intently and said, 'George, I've always thought you were a hypocrite, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe there's something to your Christianity after all. Any religion that makes a man admit he's been stealing a few copper nails and offer to settle for them must be worth having.'"
Christian, there are people watching to see if what you have is real. They won’t see real Christianity in the big things you do. The real test comes from humbling ourselves before God and man and doing the little things. If there are wrongs in your life, no matter how small, go humble yourself and make them right, and God will be glorified in you. The world is filled with deceit, and those in the world think that everyone is living a lie. When a Christian humbles himself and walks in truth, the lost world cannot deny that. Don’t let your light be hid under a bushel of hypocrisy. Do right in things big and small, and especially in the small things!