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March 20, 2024

Hey Clawson Family!



Matthew 23:5

5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.[a]


Here’s a working definition of the word hypocrisy: “Everything they do is for show.”  Jesus had a no-tolerance policy when it came to hypocrisy. Why? Because He knew it turns people against God. Instead, He taught: 

1.  Expect no credit for your good deeds. 

None. If no one notices, you aren’t disappointed. If someone does, you give the credit to God. Stop and ask yourself this question: “If no one knew of the good I do, would I still do it?” If not, you’re doing it to be seen by people.

2. Give your financial gifts in secret. 

Money stirs the phony within us. We like to be seen earning it. And we like to be seen giving it. So Jesus said, “When you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Mt 6:3 NLT). 

3. Don’t fake your spirituality. 

When you go to church, don’t select a seat just to be seen, or sing just to be heard. If you raise your hands in worship, raise holy ones, not showy ones. Slay the desire to be noticed. Stir the desire to serve God. In other words, don’t be a hypocrite!


In your journal today write an area of your life that you struggle to show your honest self.


God, we have nothing to fear when we have nothing to hide. We can’t surprise You with our honesty and confession. Will You give us the boldness to live open lives? Thank You, Jesus,

for your unlimited grace. Amen.

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