Our actions should match our words. It’s only when we’re honest with ourselves and with God can we begin to overcome hypocrisy.
Now stay with me. If you don’t agree now, you may when I’m finished. For a while now I’ve been asking the elementary-age kids I know, “What do you think God wants most from us?” Most of the time the answers are something like, “God wants us to be good,” or, “God wants us to pray a lot.” I was even pleased to get a, “God wants us to help people.” These were the kind of answers I expected—but they are wrong.
When I ask, “What does God want most from us?” the words I hope to hear are, “He wants us to love Him.” That’s the point.
The world says tells us all that matters is making a good impression. But God is not impressed with externals; you can’t fake it with Him. Recognizing the hypocrisy in your life and breaking with it is painful, but necessary.