Are You A "Sunday Christian"?

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A phrase I have heard being knocked about a lot is "Sunday Christian's", it normally goes hand in hand with the word hypocrisy. At this point of the year, the day before Good Friday we really need to be looking inside ourselves, looking into our hearts. To be honest, it makes no difference, whether it's right before Easter or if it's Christmas we should be constantly looking inside ourselves to make sure our hearts stay pure. The quote above is one of my favourites even though it reminds me of how much of a sinner I am, not in a depressive way but in a "Hey, I need to buck my ideas up" sort of way. It pours gas on my inner fire and makes me want to be the BEST Christian I can be.
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. ~ Matthew 23
What is a "Sunday Christian", someone who goes to church every week, posed and upright, looking like the winner of Christian of the year award (yes, it is metaphorical!), and yet the rest of the week seem to be working hand in hand with the devil. Okay, maybe not that bad but not living the way God asks us to. How can someone live like this? Pretending, or maybe even believing in their own minds, to be walking with God when in fact they couldn't be further from the truth. Hypocrisy is something that is constantly thrown in the faces of Christian's everywhere, it's like we are always in the spotlight while people just wait for us to mess up. Hopefully the messing up is something accidental and that we regret. However, "Sunday Christians" are people who don't seem to feel remorse, and no matter the sermon in Church, they continue to live in the same manner. It might sound like a small thing but Jesus goes all out on the Pharisees in Matthew 23, nearly the whole chapter is Christ rebuking them.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. ~ 1st Corinthians 13:11
None of us want to be seen as hypocrites but especially where our faith is concerned. We want to be "that person" that shines, that people see the love of Jesus illuminating from. Unfortunately a lot of the time our good intentions stay as just that, intentions. Today let's pray that we can put away those childish things and grow in the Lord. To represent His death, lets give up those things that are holding us back, put our bad habits to death and move onwards and upwards. Some years ago I worked with a guys in his mid-late 20's who still sucked his thumb, a pretty minor and not very hypocritical behavior, but God spoke to him and gave him this verse. He knew it was time to put away his childish behaviours, his thumb sucking, and grow in Christ.
So get rid of all evil behaviour. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. ~ 1st Peter 2:1-3
What can we give up on today? What can we (try) to put to death for God? One of my terribly bad habits is swearing, should I be admitting this? I hate that I do it and I know that I must realise that I do it because I never swear in front of my children, so why is it something I find so hard not to do? I know many people will have given things up for Lent already, but try not to make the death of your bad habit so difficult that you will instantly fail. I have tried to give up swearing for Lent and have only failed a couple of times and I want to stop completely, I'm an intelligent person who can formulate a sentence and use appropriate grammar so I really don't need to use offensive language to make a point.

Pray for me that I will continue to manage to put this habit to death. It's a minor thing in comparison to the death of Christ and what He went through for me but every little baby step is one step closer to me being the person that He wants me to be and that's the most important thing. I am crying out for his nourishment and to grow in Him. I want to be more like him, I crave it more than anything. I pray that you too will crave his kindness and be able to live like Him every day.

God Bless,
Effie

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